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NSA building quantum computer capable of cracking most forms of encryption

By Himanshu Arora · 13 replies
Jan 3, 2014
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  1. The National Security Agency is building "a cryptologically useful quantum computer” designed to break nearly every kind of encryption, The Washington Post reported Thursday. According to the report, which cites leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, the effort is a...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    "Penetrating Hard Targets"
    Ha get it penetrating hard 'Targets' LOL...
    Wendig0 likes this.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    Thus, Skynet was born and the war on machines began.
    havok585 and wastedkill like this.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

    I always knew quantum ideals would be our undoing.
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,496   +514

    Its only enemy is the common filing cabinet.
    davislane1, Wendig0 and lchu12 like this.
  6. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 188   +11

    Laughed out loud when I read your comment treetops.
  7. People with an unusually small digital profile can be considered suspicious.
  8. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Running all that hardware isn't cheap, especially with a "quantum" computer.

    But this report seems to be trollish.
  9. "Such a computer can decide to avoid calculations that are unnecessary to solving a problem." -- what rubbish is this?
  10. Quantum is non-sense, like dark energy, big-bang etc..
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    quantum=numbers. I don't know what you are talking about.
  12. The Delft research group will probably beat the NSA developing the first stable quantum computer. Besides, once quantum computers are ready for use, we'd also have the possibility of quantum encryption which cannot be cracked without the receiver knowing about it...
  13. Billion dollar machine won't read terrorists snail-mail.
  14. They would be able to mine all existing bitcoin in a day and horde it away making it unrelevant
    for example

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