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US Homeland Security Discusses Cybersecurity Threats from Technologies Including Quantum Computing

By IQT News posted 24 Oct 2019

(TheRegister.co.uk) The US House Committee on Homeland Security grilled a panel of experts to understand how foreign adversaries could weaponise emerging technologies like AI and quantum computing in cybersecurity. “The rapid proliferation of new technology is changing the world,” explained Cedric Richmond (D-LA), chairman of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies subcommittee of the DHS.
The committee discussed quantum computing threats. The capabilities discussed during the hearing by lawmakers feel like light years away. Publicly known quantum computers just aren’t that useful right now. Above all, China is the enemy, Thompson said. “We also know that China is investing heavily in developing quantum computing capabilities, which could undermine the security value of encryption within the next decade.”

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