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Aug 27, 2016

How quantum computers will change the world of hacking

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, information science, quantum physics

There is a computing revolution coming, although nobody knows exactly when. What are known as “quantum computers” will be substantially more powerful than the devices we use today, capable of performing many types of computation that are impossible on modern machines.

But while faster computers are usually welcome, there are some computing operations that we currently rely on being hard (or slow) to perform.

Specifically, we rely on the fact that there are some codes that computers can’t break – or at least it would take them too long to break to be practical. Encryption algorithms scramble data into a form that renders it unintelligible to anyone that does not possess the necessary decryption key (normally a long string of random numbers).

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Aug 26, 2016

China Sets New Tone in Drafting Cybersecurity Rules

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, encryption, government, information science

I have been seeing this for the recent weeks; I find it interesting and another step in China’s own move to be a global leader of tech. Could be either good or bad in the longer term.


China is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls.

The committee under the government’s powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards. For the first time, the body earlier this year allowed select foreign companies— Microsoft Corp. MSFT −0.39 %, Intel Corp. INTC 0.43 %, Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO 0.14 % and International Business Machines Corp.—to take an active part in drafting rules, rather than participating simply as observers, said people familiar with the discussions.

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Aug 25, 2016

Financial Networking Company Prepares for?Post-Quantum World

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, finance, privacy, quantum physics

Interesting read on IPC Systems Inc. is partnering with U.K. startup Post-Quantum to (in their own words) “offer its clients encryption, biometric authentication and a distributed-ledger record-keeping system that the software company says is designed to resist hacking — even by a quantum computer.” — I will be researching this more.


(Bloomberg) — When it comes to cybersecurity, no one can accuse IPC Systems Inc., the New Jersey-based company that builds communications networks for trading firms and financial markets, of preparing to fight the last war.

Aug 25, 2016

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military, robotics/AI

Hmmmm.


The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps should advance the way they use unmanned systems, favoring greater autonomy over remotely-controlled missions and developing multi-vehicle systems such as swarms and cascaded operations, according to a recently released report by the Defense Science Board.

The DSB report, requested by the Pentagon’s acquisition chief in November 2014, notes a variety of Pentagon-wide challenges in developing, testing, fielding and operating autonomous systems, such as operator trust, cyber security and developing a test and evaluation plan for learning systems.

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Aug 25, 2016

So your company’s been hacked: How to handle the aftermath

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, education, encryption

I can honestly say that many of us working with QC hasn’t warned folks for a while on the hacking risks around QC going against even today’s most sophisticated encryption models & methods; and to be developing a strategy in how to best handle this risk. With last weeks launch by China has shown the world that we are definitely not a decade away from this risk.


Education and planning are key, cyber-security expert Tyler Cohen Wood says.

Aug 24, 2016

Why quantum satellites will make it harder for states to snoop

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, satellites

Very true point.


With the launch of the world’s first quantum communication satellite, the era of unhackable communication has begun.

Aug 23, 2016

Defense Systems Update

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, space

Glad defense is finally taking this seriously. Something, that many of us already had concerns about.


The properties of quantum entanglement could deliver the first hack-proof communications.

Aug 22, 2016

China To Solve Quantum Physics From Space

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, satellites

China 2 yr Quantum Communication program’s goal is to reliably transmit ‘unhackable’ keys from space to the ground through quantum entanglement.


China has been the first country to utilize quantum technologies within their satellites in order to mitigate the threats from cyber attacks in their country.

Aug 19, 2016

QUESS and Quantum Communications

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, government, internet, quantum physics, space

Excellent write up on QUESS; and yesterday we saw that the first set of code was transmitted successfully which means so far success. However, many are asking when will the US respond about our own efforts around our own efforts of a Quantum satellite and our own progress around improving the net infrastructure to ensure we’re not a sitting duck for government backed hackers. Granted we have been operating for many years a version of a Quantum Internet at Los Alamos; however, we need to expand and accelerate the efforts around the Quantum Internet restructuring.


In mid August China launched “QUESS” (Quantum Experiments at Space Scale), a new type of satellite that it hopes will be capable of “quantum communications” which is supposed to be hack-proof, through the use of “quantum entanglement”. This allows the operator to ensure that no one else is listening to your communications by reliably distributing keys that are then used for encryption in order to be absolutely sure that there is no one in the middle intercepting that information.

According the Chinese scientists involved in the project, quantum encryption is secure against any kind of computing power because information encoded in a quantum particle is destroyed as soon as it is measured. (According to Tibor Molnar a scientist at the University of Sydney), the only way to ‘observe’ a photon is to have it interact with (a) an electron, or (b) an electromagnetic field. Either of these interactions will cause the photon to “decohere” – i.e., interfere with it in a way that will be apparent to the intended recipient.

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Aug 18, 2016

Hacker claims to be selling stolen NSA spy tools

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

SOMEONE over at the NSA has a date with a small, windowless cell in a deep dark hole in the ground in their near future, me thinks.


Hacking tools — possibly belonging to the NSA — have been leaked and are now accessible to common criminal hackers.

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