Scientists Borrow From Einstein With Emerging Encryption Technology


With data theft at almost pandemic levels, you'd think there'd be a better way for businesses to securely transmit information, like customers' Social Security numbers.

Turns out there is or, at least, there will be. IBM is developing encryption technology that uses principles of quantum physics to foil packet sniffers, hackers who intercept information as it travels across computer networks. IBM's approach is to make the data elements that move through fiber optic lines as small as physically possible by reducing them to a single photon.

Once in that quantum state, the data becomes subject to the "spooky action" that occurs among quantum particles at a distance from one another, as Albert Einstein originally described it. Scientists Borrow From Einstein With Emerging Encryption Technology | | Jun 5, 2006 | Network Computing

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