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NSA isn’t content with current spying powers, wants quantum computer

03
Jan
2014

The National Security Agency (NSA) is apparently developing its own quantum computer that will be able to crack most types of encryption, reveal documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Washington Post. The agency’s spying efforts and tech tools used to obtain sensitive information from targets have been detailed in many recent reports, but it looks like the NSA is not happy with its current spying capabilities. The agency is working on a “cryptologically useful quantum computer” part of a $79.7 million research program called “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can be simultaneously zero and one, instead of binary bits (zeros and ones). Thus, a quantum computer could perform some computations faster

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