Journal: Norwegians Smack Down Quantum Crypto

08 Wild Cards, Government, IO Secrets, Officers Call

Quantum Cryptography Breached With Lasers

Using lasers to blind quantum cryptography photon detectors, Norwegian computer scientists were able to obtain a copy of a secure key without leaving any trace of their presence.

By Mathew J. Schwartz
InformationWeek
September 8, 2010 07:00 AM

Norwegian computer scientists have perfected a laser-based attack against quantum cryptography systems that allows them to eavesdrop on communications without revealing their presence.

Phi Beta Iota: Clever Norwegians.  We have zero sympathy.  The US secret community, at $75 billion a year and climbin, is beyond waste, fraud, and abuse and heavily into betrayal of the public trust as well as high crimes and misdemeanors.  It should be scaled back to $25 billion or less and the savings redirected to education & research.  The reality is that what the US taxpayer–and all other citizens everywhere need–are transparent governments that create trust, enjoy legitimacy, and can deliver value.

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