The NSA Is Building a Computer to Crack Almost Any Code

Quantum computer could break encryption for banks and governments, if completed

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The National Security Agency is building a quantum computer designed to break almost every type of encryption in the world, including those used to protect banking, medical, business and government records.

Documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal a $79.7 million research program to build a “cryptologically useful quantum computer,” the Washington Post reports. Such a supercomputer, if completed, would be able to break public key encryptions used both on secure websites and to protect state secrets.

But the documents provided by ex-NSA contractor Snowden suggest the NSA’s program — nicknamed Penetrating Hard Targets — is no closer to building a quantum computer than others in the private sphere. The NSA believes it is on track with similar efforts in the European Union and Switzerland, but most mechanical-engineering experts predict that quantum computer technology is at least five years away, and probably much longer without a major scientific breakthrough.

[Washington Post]

14 comments
spkotzak
spkotzak

"Controlled information that reaches the media and reproduced by them, may include the overestimated capability of governments to monitor, for example, an extremely large number of phone conversations. Even if there is such a possibility, such huge amount of data is extremely difficult to be processed. However, the technology is evolving rapidly, and possibly will allow processing of large amount of data in very short time, in the near future. When technology will allow this, people will have already become familiar with the idea that any conversation can be investigated and processed any time."

 http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/11/training-societies-in-tolerating.html

VyomSekhar
VyomSekhar

seems someone has read "Digital Fortress"

sheriffgali
sheriffgali

The sanctimonious New York Times defending treasonous Edward Snowden is “beyond the pale!”

The New York Times that is using phantasmagoric rationales and internecine opinions to defend treasonous Snowden does not justify and will never justify what Edward Snowden has done to his Country. People should have the better sense to know that The New York Times position in this matter hasn’t anything to do with the safety of America or its people, but, it has to do with The New York Times being one of the beneficiaries of publishing articles of Snowden’s stolen property.

I will guarantee you that if America or any of its people come under attack, this is the same New York Times that would be pointing the “finger” at the United States Government for not doing their job. All of the American News Papers; Television Stations; Magazines; Radio Stations and every form of News Outlet, are owned by FIVE MAJOR CORPORATIONS. So, if you choose to be on the side of The New York Times position in regards to Edward Snowden, you should know that you are taking the side of big business over the safety of you and your Country.

Edward Snowden who has betrayed his country and is a “treasonous,” took Tax Payers money that paid his very hefty salary; breached his oath of office; stole One Million Seven Hundred Thousands Intelligence Classified Documents and gave it to both China and Russia, claiming that he was doing this for the good of the American people.

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PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

A concept that has bothered me since my college years is this - Without conflict there can be no growth. Meaning that every struggle builds the will and resolve to overcome. There is a Yin and a Yang to existence. 

gr8fun4me
gr8fun4me

There is already a company doing this and they rent the time.

DanBruce
DanBruce

I don't worry that the NSA is watching. I am glad they are watching out for us.

DanBruce
DanBruce

@JohnNagel @DanBruce Actually, I gave years of my life in combat to defend the Constitution (did you?). so I know the value of our founding document and what it takes to make sure it endures. Among other things in the Army, I handled classified info at the highest levels, taking an oath to protect it. Had I violated my oath, as did Snowden, people could have died, but I didn't. I guess I was an idiot for doing so, right? I could have had your admiration by betraying my oath and running to Russia and spilling mu guts. The NSA is not the enemy. Sorry you can't see that.

FrankBlank
FrankBlank

@DeweySayenoff@Handthumb@DanBruce@JohnNagel    And "bleating" is putting it mildly. 

FrankBlank
FrankBlank

@DanBruce    Don't worry about Nagel.  People who leap to conclusions and can't punctuate their illiterate babble about the constitution don't understand the constitution.  Or much of anything else.  

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@Handthumb@DanBruce@JohnNagel How much of your privacy have you actually given up, Hand?  I mean, demonstrably given up?  So that you can PROVE that YOUR life was invaded, violated or in ANY WAY changed?

I'm willing to bet you have no proof that the NSA even knows you exist, let alone cares, let alone has done anything that's impacted your life in ANY way.

By that measure, with ignorance being bliss, and with the NSA's activity having no direct, demonstrable, provable detrimental impact on ANYONE'S LIFE - except those who have sought to harm our country - the only person who has demonstrably impacted YOUR bliss was SNOWDEN - the traitor of the NSA. 

As a disabled vet myself, who runs my own business, I know the price of freedom and the limits of liberty.  The kind of "freedom and liberty" the bed-wetters who moan about the NSA's activities in trying to keep our fellow citizens safe want is called "ANARCHY".  Look it up sometime.

Freedom DEMANDS sacrifice.  By people like me and DanBruce and others who VOLUNTEER to put our skins on the line for the 95% of Americans do want the liberty and freedoms they have not otherwise earned and whine about the quality of what they get.  Hey, if you don't like it, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

But here's a memo you sure as hell need to know:  NO government, in the history of the world, does NOT spy on its people in SOME way.  So if you're looking for a paradise where every citizen is free to do whatever the hell they want without ANYONE looking over their shoulder somehow, you might want to flag down the makers of crop circles, because you won't find a single place on earth where it doesn't happen.  At least in THIS country, we have checks and balances that can rectify over-extensions of power.  That is one of the rare exceptions in the world today.  Be thankful for that when you criticize what the government does because we, the people, were bleating to be kept "safe" after 9/11.

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

@DanBruce @JohnNagel fourth amendment shmuck - the important thing abou the NSA spying is that it is being done against AMERICANS wake up

Handthumb
Handthumb

@DanBruce @JohnNagel I gave 10 years of my life defending the constitution and I don't like the direction all of this NSA stuff is going. How much of your privacy are you willing to give up? All of it, right? Until it comes back to bite you in the ass. 

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