Qubit privacy heist
A new era of transparency or threat to society?
For over a decade, multinational conglomerates, nation states, and even some malicious adversaries around the globe have been illegally intercepting and storing sensitive data such as passwords, bank details, and social security numbers. Today, in the wake of the quantum revolution, that encrypted data, once shrouded in secrecy, has been laid bare for all to see.
Quantum computers, once predicted to be a distant reality, have now managed to decrypt these vast stores of sensitive data within mere minutes, a task that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputers over 16 million years to accomplish!
This illicit operation, known as Store Now Decrypt Later (SNDL), has exposed top-secret government intelligence, uncovered protected pharmaceutical research, and even confirmed some conspiracy theories, sending shockwaves across societies and shifting power dynamics in the process.
Upon initial discovery of these SNDL attacks in 2022, United States senator Shalanda Young spearheaded the mandate of transitioning all agencies and organizations to new methods of cryptography immune to the power of quantum computers. Despite rapid adoption of Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) over the next 3 years, senator Young issued a chilling warning: “PQC is the best line of defence against future SNDL attacks, but for the data already siphoned off, there is little that can be done to rein in these quantum criminals. The data that have already been stored cannot be retroactively encrypted, it’s too late…”
The most notorious data heist in history is complete, reshaping the digital landscape in this new era of quantum transparency, where old secrets are a relic of the past, and only future secrets are safe.
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