(BreakingDefense) A new study funded by DARPA and the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST) indicates the US government cannot control the skyrocketing use of encrypted communications that allow adversaries, terrorists, criminals — and ordinary folks who care deeply about privacy, including journalists — to block eavesdropping by national security agencies, says a new study funded by DARPA and the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST).
The Trump Administration last June charged the Office of Science and Technology Policy with coordinating federal research on quantum computing issues under a new Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science. The Subcommittee developed a strategy in September 2018, the “National Strategic Overview of Quantum Information Science.”
Unfortunately, the new study finds, explosive technological change — as encryption increasingly becomes a feature of software used by mobile phones, computers and other devices used around the world.
The study concludes that the US government will have to put more time and effort into studying the problems and to explore technologies that allow the IC to “scrape” data — that is, copy it and extract it — from computers, phones and networks before the data is encrypted. That will not be easy or cheap.