So, worried about quantum computing and its potential for trivializing cryptography, the National Security Agency has said it will initiate a transition to "quantum resistant algorithms in the not-too-distant future," in an updated website bulletin spotted by Dan Goodin of Ars Technica.
The NSA bulletin and Goodin's associated story is unrelated to the Austrians' gate discovery.
No one really knows how long it will take before a quantum computer is built, but many think it is just a matter of time.
And, consequently, old ideas that it would take to the end of time to defeat much cryptography is now looking highly unlikely.
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