It is an inevitability that cryptographers dread: the arrival of powerful quantum computers that can break the security of the Internet. Although these devices are thought to be a decade or more away, researchers are adamant that preparations must begin now.
Computer-security specialists are meeting in Germany this week to discuss quantum-resistant replacements for today's cryptographic systems — the protocols used to scramble and protect private information as it traverses the web and other digital networks.
From Scientific American
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