NSA working on a Quantum Computer

Keine Überraschung: Die NSA arbeitet laut den Snowden-Docs an einem Quantencomputer, um „Hard Targets“ („encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records“) zu knacken. Die in den Dokumenten beschriebenen Ziele bis 2013 suggerieren, dass die noch lange keine praktikablen Ergebnisse vorweisen können.

According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park, Md.

Washington Post: NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption
heise: "Penetrating Hard Targets": NSA arbeitet an Quantencomputern zur Kryptoanlayse
spOnline: Spähaffäre: NSA will den Supercomputer