(Jaxenter) Much of the worry about quantum computing comes from the simple fact that it can defeat much of modern encryption. Many believe that sooner or later, quantum computing will be used by people with bad intentions with devastating effects. The implications are profound for everyone from governments to the enterprise to the home user. US Congressman Will Hurd, Chair of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, characterized the shockwave that quantum would send in international relations last year in a Wired interview when he said, “In the same way that atomic weaponry symbolized power throughout the Cold War, quantum capability is likely to define hegemony in today’s increasingly digital, interconnected global economy.”
Technology is ultimately an amoral, neutrally-charged tool that depends upon the intentions of the user to be helpful or harmful. If one side of the law is interested, you can be sure that the other is too. Quantum powered hackers are not here yet. There is still time to prepare.