Two killjoy researchers from Cambridge doubt whether quantum cryptography can be regarded as ‘provably secure’ #guesswho

Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

Two killjoy researchers from the University of Cambridge have cast doubt on whether quantum cryptography can be regarded as ‘provably secure’ – and are asking whether today’s quantum computing experimentation is demonstrating classical rather than quantum effects.

Computer scientists Ross Anderson and Robert Brady have published their discussion at Arxiv, here. In the paper, they examine two key issues in quantum research. As well as looking at the cryptography question, they also examine why quantum computing research is finding it hard to scale beyond three qubits.

“Despite the investment of tremendous funding resources worldwide, we don’t have working testbeds; we’re still stuck at factoring 15 using a three-qubit algorithm”, the paper notes. It suggests that…

Continues at El Reg

From my experience the Cambridge mob are good people to talk to if you want to talk about real-world security; further, anywhere that’s this unpopular with the Government simply has to be doing something right.

Being a “killjoy” simply doesn’t come into it. :-)

HT: @geoffarnold.

One thought on “Two killjoy researchers from Cambridge doubt whether quantum cryptography can be regarded as ‘provably secure’ #guesswho

  1. Paul Leyland

    Despite what Ross says, quantum factorization has progressed beyond the ability to factor 15. AFAIK the record currently stands at 143 = 11 * 13.

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