Quantum Computing: Real or Exaggerated Threat to the Web PKI?

Posted by on August 30, 2017 0 comments

Twenty years ago, paying your phone or electric bill involved receiving it in the mail, writing a check and mailing it back to the company. Today, that has largely been replaced by email and web-based payment submittals. All of this is secured by digital certificates and encryption, which provide privacy and authentication of information transiting the open Internet (aka Web PKI). The web PKI is predominantly secured by RSA encryption algorithms; mathematical theorems which have been improved over time. These algorithms depend on the difficulty of computers in factoring large prime numbers in...

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