NIST, LANL and Albion College set two significant distance records for distributing “keys” (or codes) for quantum encryption.
Why does this matter?
– Will make it impossible for adversaries to “sniff” network traffic without being detected.
– Until now prototypes were specialized (read expensive) equipment. This technology is inexpensive so it could soon be mainstream.
– With the real possibility of quantum computing developing the point of making all SSL and VPN encryption methods obsolete, this technology is one piece of the puzzle in replacing current encryption technology with the next generation.