Monday, October 06, 2008

IT HAD TO HAPPEN

'Unbreakable' quantum cryptography allegedly hacked without detection using lasers.

A Norwegian University of Science student named Vadim Makarov has discovered a vulnerability in what was previously thought to be unbreakable quantum encryption. He is using a form of high intensity laser light to intercept the encrypted data stream covertly. While quantum encryption is regularly used to secure Swiss bank transactions, as well as their much publicized 2007 election results, Makarov claims it's easily hacked. He claims to have developed a black box device which he says, "turns the equipment into a puppet-box that an eavesdropper can control." Details here and other possible quantum computer hacks here.

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