NSA ‘developing code-cracking quantum computer’

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25588605Also see:NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption
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, Md.
www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-seeks-to-build-quantum-computer-that-could-crack-most-types-of-encryption/2014/01/02/8fff297e-7195-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.htmlReport: NSA looking to crack all encryption with quantum computer
The U.S. National Security Agency is attempting to build a new breed of supercomputer that theoretically could make short work of cracking most keys used for encrypted communications.The project to build “a cryptographically useful quantum computer” is part of an $80 million research project called “Penetrating Hard Targets” that is taking place at a campus in College Park, Maryland, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper quoted documents it said were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
computerworld.com/s/article/9245129/NSA_looks_to_crack_all_encryption_with_quantum_computer_report_says
www.pcworld.com/article/2083760/report-nsa-looking-to-crack-all-encryption-with-quantum-computer.html

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