NSA 'developing code-cracking quantum computer'

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  1. LeanWolf

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    The US National Security Agency is building a quantum computer to break the encryption that keeps messages secure, reports the Washington Post.

    The NSA project came to light in documents passed to the newspaper by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

    The spying agency hopes to harness the special qualities of quantum computers to speed up its code-cracking efforts.

    The NSA is believed to have spent about $80m (£49m) on the project but it has yet to produce a working machine.

    If the NSA managed to develop a working quantum computer it would be put to work breaking encryption systems used online and by foreign governments to keep official messages secure, suggest the documents excerpted in the Post.

    The quantum computer is being developed under a research programme called Penetrating Hard Targets and is believed to be conducted out of a lab in Maryland.
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    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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    NSA has already cracked the 128bit encryption code we use with our banks and other online money handlers... They can go in and empty accounts if they want, or add to an account if they want it to look like that person received payments from some organization.



    Basically we are all screwed.
     
  3. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    it's rather surprising the number of people that don't believe ANYTHING about the NSA.. some actually don't even think it exists...... that's just insane..


    meanwhile tin foil hatters get more reason to wear em... and the number of foil hatters increases several fold.
     
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    People chose to be stupid. Most fold to any kind of authority just because they don't want to take any kind of responsibility. When the day comes that they realise how wrong this has been it's gonna be to late.


    Power corrupts. It's always been like that and it always will be.
     

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