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MIT's new 5-atom quantum computer could make today's encryption obsolete

Katherine Noyes | March 7, 2016
The scalable new system could easily crack RSA techniques

"If you are a nation state, you probably don’t want to publicly store your secrets using encryption that relies on factoring as a hard-to-invert problem,” said Chuang. “Because when these quantum computers start coming out, [adversaries will] be able to go back and unencrypt all those old secrets.”


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