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NSA Building Code-cracking Computer

NSA Building Code-cracking Computer

By Steven Rich and Barton Gellman, Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2:00 PM

In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.

According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park.

The development of a quantum computer has long been a goal of many in the scientific community, with revolutionary implications for fields like medicine as well as for the NSA’s code-breaking mission. With such technology, all current forms of public key encryption would be broken, including those used on many secure Web sites as well as the type used to protect state secrets.

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How can anyone take this Snowden guy seriously??

What's next? The NSA has a building at Ft Meade? Or maybe the incredible revelation that they have a cryptology museum next door? Seriously, the NSA (whose main job has ALWAYS been building codebreaking computers) is building a codebreaking computer?? And it's news?
I've never seen a bunch of people so duped in my life. I'm going to become a whistleblower too. Just read a book or two about an agency and start my whistleblowing. Who needs actual secrets when people have no clue anyway and are really just looking for a hero?

I'm fairly certain they

I'm fairly certain they already have one. This is probably just misdirection to make everyone thing that RSA still works. The reality is that they have all kinds of backdoors that circumvent the security. For example, hardware hacks installed during the interception of equipment in transit from the seller to the buyer is very hard to circumvent. nevertheless, they very likely do already have several types of quantum computers. After all, we have known since Shor's paper that it is possible to factor large primes in bounded polynomial time on a quantum computer since the late nineties.

To the comment below: DWave does claim to have an adiabatic quantum computer, but as I understand it, it cannot use Shor's algorithm to factor numbers.

But the first quantum

But the first quantum computer was already sold a couple years ago. Its the size of a small room and needs cooling to near absolute zero though; this is very remaniscent of the first computers. More recently they were actually able to prove it operates on quantum principles as there was some question on it.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Just saw this...

the reporter noted the impact on financial and banking transactions across the web
I would add to the efficacy of bitcoin too


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