Nextgov, November 15th, 2019
"Racing to a solution could create more threats, according to Dr. Deborah Frincke,"
writes Jack Corrigan in Nextgov.
"In 1994, an American mathematician named Peter Shor discovered a way to crack the codes that banks, e-commerce platforms and intelligence agencies use to secure their digital information. His technique, dubbed Shor's algorithm, drastically shortened the time it took to find the prime numbers that underlie public-key cryptography, making codes that typically take thousands of years to break solvable in a matter of months.
But there was a catch: Shor's algorithm could only run on a quantum computer, and those didn't exist yet..."
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