Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography

Press/Media: Research

Period29 Dec 2016

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Media coverage

  • TitleExploring Post-Quantum Cryptography
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCommunications of the ACM
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionCryptographers are professionally paranoid, so they want their encryption systems to be resistant to attacks by exotic machines that do not exist yet: quantum computers.

    By the most optimistic estimate, quantum physicists might be able to build a functional prototype in 10 years. If that happens, the security of the Internet will be destroyed, because each secure connection needs to start with either the Diffie-Hellman protocol or another public-key encryption system, RSA, both of which can be broken by a quantum computer. If that initial part is broken, security goes down the drain.
    Producer/AuthorArnout Jaspers
    PersonsTanja Lange