(The Hosting News) – The National Security Agency is reportedly building a “cryptologically useful quantum computer” that could break every kind of encryption used in protecting medical, banking, business, and government records, claims a report from The Washington Post.
According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, the agency’s $79.7 million research program titled “Penetrating Hard Targets” could break public key encryptions as well as secure Web sites used to “protect state secrets.”
The agency seems to regard itself as “neck and neck” with quantum computing labs from the European Union and Switzerland.
“The geographic scope has narrowed from a global effort to a discrete focus on the European Union and Switzerland,” states one NSA document.
As stated by MIT professor of quantum mechanical engineering, Seth Lloyd, “The E.U. and Switzerland have made significant advances over the last decade and have caught up to the U.S. in quantum computing technology.”
Snowden’s documents indicate that the research of these computers are held in Faraday cages, large rooms designed to prevent electromagnetic energy from leaking in or out, in College Park, Md. These rooms are required “to keep delicate quantum computing experiments running.”