An Uncrackable Lock

Imagine an encrypted data chip so secure that even the greatest hackers in history would find impossible to crack. That chip is very much a reality thanks to the combined efforts of Siemens, Austrian Research Centers (ARC) and Graz University of Technology who have teamed up to create the first quantum cryptology chip for commercial use to ensure securer electronic communication.

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aaquib54349d ago

Didn't they say that about the iPhone and the 360?

JsonHenry4349d ago

Lol, yeah.

Anything that man makes another man can take apart.

gaffyh4349d ago

Yeah everything is hackable, maybe not in the near future. But eventually everything can be hacked.

kindi_boy4349d ago

actually it's more like

everything a man makes a 9 years old one day will crack

Shadow Man4349d ago

I don't remember "they" saying the iphone and the 360 weren't uncrackable.

M337ING4349d ago

How about you guys read the article before making such ignorant comments?

I did, and this does actually seem like it may be near impossible to get past.

aaquib54349d ago

I do. I remember Microsoft stating that they were hiring the world's best hackers and it would be pretty much impossible to ever hack the 360. It just so happens Im running a modded one beside me..Also, I remember hearing FOX news saying that the iPhone would never be unlocked. It just so happens Im syncing my unlocked iPhone right now.

uie4rhig4349d ago

these guys should talk to sony, i mean PS3 is the only thing that i know currently that hasn't been cracked.. but i am a 100% sure that both the PS3 and this chip will be cracked lol :P

gaffyh4349d ago

@Shadow Man - Bill Gates actually said before the 360 launched that it was unhackable, and challenged hackers to try and hack it. Lol. I dunno about iPhone.

Dark_Vendetta4349d ago (Edited 4349d ago )

actually this should be impossible. Why? Because of the laws of nature. You would destroy the data if you don't know the code to read it, due to the fact that you would change the speed and direction of the movements. So the only possibility would be if you find a way to get the code without trying to hack the data

Edit: They state pretty much the same in the article

PikkonX4349d ago

Microsoft's official stance before the 360 launched was, "There are going to be levels of security in this box that the hacker community has never seen before," but he admitted that "I'm sure sooner or later someone will work out how to circumvent security." Given about 25 minutes, anyone can have a modded 360, so I'm guessing that didn't work out too well. MS needs to stop using normal PC connections in their systems, such as the DVD drive's sata and molex connector. Though it won't make it "unhackable", it would be another line of defense if they used proprietary connectors.

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Alexander Roy4349d ago (Edited 4349d ago )

You know what will happen to these things?

Every hacker will try - and fail. Then, one day, when no one cares anymore, someone will just try some stuff out of sheer boredom - and that cracks it.
Even the law of statistics say that you can guess any random number of random length. The chances might be smaller than we can imagine, but as long as they exist, someone can crack it.

On a side note: People also never expected to crack the CPS-3. Today we have can emulate it (almost) perfectly, AFAIK.

EDIT: LOL, I just remembered my programming classes back in school. Actually, brute forcing your way into this thing is easy and can be done with one or two lines, as long as it doesn't randomize the number after each wrong key was inserted.
All you need is a loop starting at 0 and adding 1 everytime it fails. And a lot of patience. If it does randomize it however, you just need to be lucky.

Lumbo4349d ago

Even relatively common crypts like AES at a decent key-length like 128bit, which are less hard to attack than a quantum cypher, take SEVERAL billion years to brute force with ALL computers (including all 'supercomputers') on earth combined.

Quote: "The amount of time required to break a 128 bit AES key is also daunting. Each of the 2^128 possibilities must be checked. This is an enormous number, 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,37 4,607,431,768,211,456 in decimal. A device that could check a billion billion keys (10^18) per second would still require about 10^13 years to exhaust the key space. This is longer than the age of the universe, which is about 13,000,000,000 (1.3 \times 10^{10}) years.
Hence, 128 bit keys are impractical to attack by brute force methods using current technology and resources, and 256 bit keys are not likely to be broken by brute force methods using any obvious future technology."

Yes, have fun brute forcing any modern cypher, we will see you with your result somewhere after the 2nd next universe.

Alexander Roy4349d ago

... which is why I chose my second last sentence ("And a lot of patience.") the way I did.

But I agree, bruteforcing this beauty would be a pain in the ass (unless the very unlikely case that the key happens to be very "short").

So it's back to guessing insanely long numbers, I guess. Or somebody pulls off a Captain Crunch and finds a way to render it useless.

spandexxking4349d ago

where theres a will there a way!

Common Sense4349d ago

I will crack it. Quantum physics is on my side.

f7897904349d ago

Anything with quantum in it is very complicated. All of the hackers are going to have to teach themselves a lot of new stuff before they can even try to break it.

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