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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tech consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton has warned that China will soon plan the theft of high value data, so it can decrypt it once quantum computers break classical encryption.



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...The firm offers that scenario in a recent report, Chinese Threats In The Quantum Era, that asserts the emerging superpower aspires to surpass US-derived quantum computing tech in the mid-2020s -- but probably won't get there. However, it "could plausibly lead in developing and deploying early quantum-computing use cases" by that timeframe.

One of the use cases China desires is decryption.

"Encrypted data with intelligence longevity, like biometric markers, covert intelligence officer and source identities, Social Security numbers, and weapons designs, may be increasingly stolen under the expectation that they can eventually be decrypted," the report states.

The analysts prognosticate that China will also go after industrial data. "Especially likely targets will tend to align with Chinese economic and national security priorities, such as those developing pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, and high-performance materials," according to the report. China wants that data so that it can be used in quantum computing simulators, to understand how best to put actual quantum computers to work....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-30 11:43 AM | Reply

China considers both strategic and tactical rodent inflation porn to be a national threat, so I may be in danger.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-11-30 02:23 PM | Reply

"Get your most closely kept personal thought:
Put it in the Word .doc with a password lock
Stock it deep in the .rar with extraction precluded
By the ludicrous length and the strength of a reputedly
Dictionary-attack-proof string of characters
(this, imperative to thwart all the disparagers
Of privacy: the NSA and Homeland S)
You better PGP the .rar because so far they ain't impressed
You better take the .pgp and print the hex of it out
Scan that into a TIFF. Then, if you seek redoubt
For your data, scramble up the order of the pixels
With a one-time pad that describes the fun time had by the thick-soled-
Boot-wearing stomper who danced to produce random
Claptrap, all the intervals in between which, set in tandem
With the stomps themselves, begat a seed of math unguessable
Ain't no complaint about this cipher that's redressable!
Best of all, your secret: nothing extant could extract it
By 2025 a children's Speak & Spell could crack it

You can't hide secrets from the future with math
You can try, but I bet that in the future they laugh
At the half-assed schemes and algorithms amassed
To enforce cryptographs in the past" - MC Frontalot

#3 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-11-30 03:59 PM | Reply

What the issue?

Posters like SpeaksSoftly loves Fascism, so long as its his tribe.

#4 | Posted by oneironaut at 2021-11-30 11:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Quantum computing is going to be a game changer for encryption. It will in theory make our current levels of encryption absolutely pointless. This is something I ready about years ago and not surprising China would be thinking this way.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-01 08:47 AM | Reply

not surprising China would be thinking this way.


Not surprising that they think like criminals?

They should definitely be held accountable if they do. We better hold them accountable if they do attack our systems with the intent to steal.

Hopefully most of the data will be useless by the time they could decrypt it anyway. Is it really worth that kind of risk? Only if they see no downside.

I guess the information War is about to get hot.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-12-01 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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