The Post-Quantum Apocalypse

This incredible technology will help find a cure for
cancer--and, unfortunately, will hack all any secure
chat conversations in a seconds.

The Post-Quantum
Apocalypse

This incredible technology
will help find a cure for
cancer--and, unfortunately,
will hack all any secure
chat conversations in a seconds.
What may be advantages today will become disadvantages tomorrow.
Vernam IM - the most secure chat app
There are many popular secure messaging apps
on the market now. Some offer great safety features
for users, except for major one: None of them
are Quantum-resistant at all. That means that when
the New Quantum Computing Era comes, their
current security advantages will immediately
become their disadvantages.

Have a look here. As you can see, no one can be 100% sure that this security and privacy is real.

Here is a slide from the NIST presentation on
04-11-2018. We can see that RSA - 2048 has been hacked already (Telegram, Skype). Furthermore, Elliptic-Curve cryptography (Curve 25519, for example, is used in Messenger, Signal, WhatsApp, Viber, Threema, Wire and many more) is also based on similar mathematical methods, like RSA, and is used
in almost every popular secure messenger.

Based on these facts, we can conclude that all existing messengers that are now on the market will be hacked (it's only a matter of time) because they use similar methods of protection.

Vernam IM - the most secure chat app
There are many popular secure messaging apps
on the market now. Some offer great safety
features for users, except for major one:
None of them are Quantum-resistant at all.
That means that when the New Quantum
Computing Era comes, their current security
advantages will immediately become their
disadvantages.

Have a look here. As you can see, no one can be 100% sure that this security and privacy is real.

Here is a slide from the NIST presentation on
04-11-2018. We can see that RSA - 2048 has been hacked already (Telegram, Skype). Furthermore, Elliptic-Curve cryptography (Curve 25519, for example, is used in Messenger, Signal, WhatsApp, Viber, Threema, Wire and many more) is also based on similar mathematical methods, like RSA, and is used in almost every popular secret messenger.

Based on these facts, we can conclude that all existing messengers that are now on the market will be hacked (it's only a matter of time) because they use similar methods of protection.

But what about in everyday life?

A huge number of users trust (right now) their privacy and security to systems that are no longer safe.

For example, how does a user know that their favorite safe messenger app has been hacked? The fact is,
they will never know, all the while continuing to trust the security of the system. Even if a user has not
been compromised now, it's inevitable that they will be in the future.

As it stands, all current systems will be compromised thanks to the approaching Quantum Computing Era.
As soon as quantum computers reach the mainstream, even the best security system will become meaningless.

No one is certain when this revolution will arrive - a few years from now, or perhaps much sooner - but when the day comes, people will be in a panic looking for replacement services that are secured
against quantum computing.

A huge number of users trust (right now)
their privacy and security to systems that
are no longer safe.

For example, how does a user know that
their favorite safe messenger app has been hacked?
The fact is, they will never know, all the while
continuing to trust the security of the system.
Even if a user has not been compromised now,
it's inevitable that they will be in the future.

As it stands, all current systems will be
compromised thanks to the approaching Quantum
Computing Era. As soon as quantum computers
reach the mainstream, even the best security
system will become meaningless.

No one is certain when this revolution will
arrive - a few years from now, or perhaps
much sooner - but when the day comes,
people will be in a panic looking for replacement
services that are secured against
quantum computing.

Quantum Computing Is Already Online.

Today, anyone can conduct cloud computing using IBM's quantum computer online.
However, what is unsettling about this is that the user doesn't have any way of knowing if his/her correspondence was hacked by some curious schoolboy that used this service.

All this time, the user will trust his/her own security to systems that have already lost all their virtues, which makes one wonder why they still exist.
Schneier on Security.
Several groups are working on designing and building
a quantum computer, which is fundamentally
different from a classical computer.

If one were built - and we're talking science fiction
here - then it could factor numbers and solve
discrete-logarithm problems very quickly.

In other words, it could break all of our commonly
used public-key algorithms.
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NIST Post-Quantum Project.
In recent years, there has been a substantial amount
of research on quantum computers – machines
that exploit quantum mechanical phenomena
to solve mathematical problems that are difficult
or intractable for conventional computers.

If large-scale quantum computers are ever built, they
will be able to break many of the public-key
cryptosystems currently in use.

This would seriously compromise the confidentiality
and integrity of digital communications
on the Internet and elsewhere.
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NSA Preps Quantum-resistant Algorithms to Head off Crypto Apocalypse.
The National Security Agency is advising US agencies
and businesses to prepare for a time in the not-too-distant future when the cryptography protecting virtually all
e-mail, medical and financial records, and online transactions is rendered obsolete by quantum computing.

Quantum computers have capabilities that can lay to ruin all of the public-key cryptographic systems
currently in use.
LEARN MORE
Schneier on Security.
Several groups are working on designing
and building a quantum computer, which
is fundamentally different from
a classical computer.

If one were built - and we're talking
science fiction here - then it could
factor numbers and solve discrete-logarithm
problems very quickly.

In other words, it could break all
of our commonly used public-key
algorithms.
LEARN MORE
NIST Post-Quantum Project.
In recent years, there has been a substantial
amount of research on quantum computers –
machines that exploit quantum mechanical
phenomena to solve mathematical problems
that are difficult or intractable for
conventional computers.

If large-scale quantum computers are ever
built, they will be able to break many of
the public-key cryptosystems
currently in use.

This would seriously compromise
the confidentiality and integrity of digital
communications on the Internet
and elsewhere.
LEARN MORE
NSA Preps Quantum-resistant Algorithms to Head off Crypto Apocalypse.
The National Security Agency is advising US
agencies and businesses to prepare for a time
in the not-too-distant future when
the cryptography protecting virtually all
e-mail, medical and financial records, and
online transactions is rendered obsolete
by quantum computing.

Quantum computers have capabilities that
can lay to ruin all of the public-key
cryptographic systems currently in use.
LEARN MORE
The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent.

The National Security Agency, too, has sounded the alarm on the risks to cybersecurity in the quantum computing age. The NSA's "Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite and Quantum Computing FAQ" says that "many experts predict a quantum computer capable of effectively breaking public key cryptography" within "a few decades," and that the time
to come up with solutions is now.

According to many experts, the NSA is far too conservative in its prediction; many experts believe that the timeline is more like a decade to a decade and a half, while others believe that it
could happen even sooner.

The National Security Agency, too, has
sounded the alarm on the risks to cybersecurity
in the quantum computing age. The NSA's
"Commercial National Security Algorithm
Suite and Quantum Computing FAQ
" says
that "many experts predict a quantum computer
capable of effectively breaking public key
cryptography" within "a few decades," and that
the time to come up with solutions is now.

According to many experts, the NSA is
far too conservative in its prediction; many
experts believe that the timeline is more
like a decade to a decade and a half,
while others believe that it could
happen even sooner.