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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

By The Wall Street Journal

June 10, 2019

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With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing their own projects to preserve information safety.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said, "Whoever gets to true quantum computing first will be able to negate all the encryption that we've ever done to date."

Experts warned that a foreign power with a sufficiently powerful quantum system could hack the Internet's core nodes, and intercept and decrypt Web traffic in transit.

Scientists, companies, and federal agencies are working on new safeguards, like quantum-safe encryption algorithms; one strategy, lattice encryption, would encode data in a multidimensional "lattice."

Central to this is widespread agreement on a quantum-safe encryption standard, with IBM's Arvind Krishna forecasting a five- to 10-year window for its launch after such an agreement is reached.

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