China’s Breakthrough

In a major breakthrough, Chinese scientists have published a paper proposing using quantum computing techniques to break modern-day encryption systems. 

Their technique involves using 372 qubits on an IBM quantum computer combined with Schnoor’s classical factoring algorithm for RSA 2048-bit numbers used in encryption systems. If the paper’s findings are accurate, then it could have serious implications for military and intelligence communication, financial transactions, and text messages around the world since existing cryptographic protocols would become vulnerable to attack. 

The paper is currently under peer review, and its validity has been questioned by experts such as Lawrence Gasman, president of Inside Quantum Technology, who believes that it should at least be taken seriously given the possible consequences of its findings. 

“It’s enormously important that some people in the West come to some real conclusions on this because if it’s true, it’s pretty disastrous,” he notes.