A new report has come forth today with some potentially startling news in the world of zeroes and ones. The Washington Post notes that the National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to build a quantum computer capable of cracking today’s encryption.
That’s according to former Booz Allen Hamilton worker Edward Snowden (who was contracted by the NSA), who’s found himself all over the news for leaking top secret information relating to the security agency’s privacy-shattering projects.
Said quantum computer is part of a $79.9 million research program called “Penetrating Hard Targets.”
The successful build of such a machine would render today’s highest encryption algorithms essentially useless. But should we be surprised? After all, it was the NSA themselves who designed SHA-256 cryptography — on which bitcoin stands upon.
Given the agency’s secretive nature, it’s unclear just what technology they do possess, but one thing’s for sure: if someone is going to crack today’s encryption (assuming they haven’t already), it will certainly be the NSA. (via Washington Post)