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“Penetrating Hard Targets” & “Owning the Net”: NSA Quantum Computing Projects to Crack Encryption

In Archive, Encryption, Internet, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance, Technology on January 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM




In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.

According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park.

With such technology, all forms of public key encryption would be broken, including those used on many secure Web sites as well as the type used to protect state secrets.

The basic principle underlying quantum computing is known as “quantum superposition,” the idea that an object simultaneously exists in all states. A classical computer uses binary bits, which are either zeroes or ones. A quantum computer uses quantum bits, or qubits, which are simultaneously zero and one.

While a classical computer, however fast, must do one calculation at a time, a quantum computer can sometimes home in on the correct answer much more efficiently, without running those calculations.

A working quantum computer would open the door to easily breaking the strongest encryption tools in use today, including a standard known as RSA, named for the initials of its creators. RSA scrambles communications, making them unreadable to anyone but the intended recipient, without requiring the use of a shared password. It is commonly used in Web browsers to secure financial transactions and in encrypted e-mails. RSA is used because of the difficulty of factoring the product of two large prime numbers. Breaking the encryption involves finding those two numbers. This cannot be done in a reasonable amount of time on a classical computer.


A description of the “Penetrating Hard Targets” project. Another project, called the “Owning the Net,” is using quantum research to support the creation of new quantum-based attacks on encryptions like RSA.

This document describes classification levels of information related to the NSA’s quantum computing efforts.

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Confused About the NSA’s Quantum Computing Project? This MIT Computer Scientist Can Explain


January 2014

In Activism, Afghanistan, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, Archive, ASIO, ASIS, China, Conspiracy, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, DEA, Economy, EFF, Environment, EU, India, Internet, Iran, Israel, Issues, Kashmir, leaksource, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Mexico, NWO, Occupy, Space, Surveillance, Technology, UK, Yemen on January 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

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The following is a listing of possible movements in the month of January.

China are on the moon…what else needs to be said.
further bombings likely in follow up to Volgograd and the Winter Olympics which has focused world attention on this movement. Opportunistic cells may take advantage of the attention for local regional activity.

Thailand expect hardline crack down on protesters.
(election scheduled for Feb 22nd).
A travel warning has been issued by DFAT.

Burma further ethnic conflict as Burma developing nationalism purge.

Africa continued sporadic civil unrest will continue as break away independence revolutions jostle to do business with China who is entering the Central African Continent resources sector in a big way.
The situation in South Sudan is an example of such a condition. Militias are well armed with both Soviet and US munitions, and no one is going to stop them from getting their piece of the pie.

America – at least one false flag attack mid month…possible scapegoats Chinese Islamists. East Coast.

United Kingdom
Business as Usual….further high refugee numbers. power bill confusion continues.

Russia – the winter Olympics at Sochi will continue trouble free.
(starts Feb 6th)

Iran / Iraq – continued unrest from disaffected groups in anticipation of February elections.

Syria the region is now wracked with disease and infrastructure has completely shutdown in some areas. The huge refugee calamity will be eclipsed by the incoming misery from disease.

Egypt kidnapped journalists show how delicate the situation has become, further unrest through this month.

Israel continued floundering as the old guard starts to crumble.

The European continent will begin 2014 as if a black cloud has risen over the horizon. The next few months will be a return to the mid 1980’s and the credit haze.

2014 will be a year of paying debts.

Assange – Thought of the Day

In Activism, Anonymous, Archive, Assange, Big Data, Britain, Censorship, Conspiracy, Julian Assange, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Politics, Surveillance, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 2, 2014 at 5:17 AM

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WikiLeaks Julian Assange and his  January 2nd BBC “Thought of the Day” for your listening pleasure…hopefully a little more interesting than the grey blandness that is early morning radio on U.K. BBC4. Guest editor: PJ Harvey


“All men by nature desire to know.” Aristotle when he wrote this was saying that the thing that makes human beings different from other creatures, the thing that defines us, is the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. This is not just to say that we, human beings, are curious creatures. It is to say that our ability to think about and to act on the world around us is bound up with our ability to know it.

To be alive as a human being is to know, in the same way as it is to have a heart that beats. We all understand this in mundane ways. We understand for instance, that part of being a fully independent adult, making choices about life, is learning about the world around us and informing our choices with that learning.

In the book of Proverbs it says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” But there is something more to all of this. The very next saying in Proverbs is, “The wise are mightier than the strong.” This is the earliest occurrence known to me of the now well known idea, knowledge is power.

To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage. So it follows that the powerful, if they want to keep their power, will try to know as much about us as they can, and they will try to make sure that we know as little about them as is possible.

I see this inside everywhere. Both in religious writings which promise the emancipation from political repression, and in the revolutionary works promising liberation from the repressive dogmas of the church and the state.

The powerful throughout history have understood this.

The invention of the printing press was opposed by the old powers of Europe because it spelled the end of their control of knowledge, and therefore the end of their tenure as power brokers.

The Protestant reformation was not just a religious movement, but a political struggle. The fight to liberate hoarded knowledge through translation and dissemination.

Through the confessional system, the Catholic church spied upon the lives of its congregates. While Latin mass excluded most people who could not speak Latin from an understanding of the very system of thought that bound them.

Knowledge has always flowed upwards, to bishops and kings, not down to serfs and slaves. The principle remains the same in the present era.

Documents disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, show that governments dare to aspire through their intelligence agencies, to a God-like knowledge about each and every one of us, but at the same time they hide their actions behind official secrecy. As our governments and corporations know more and more about us, we know less and less about them. The policy as always, is to channel the decisive information upwards, never downwards.

Today, remember that it is good to seek to empower the powerless through knowledge, and to drag the machinations of the powerful into the daylight. We must be unapologetic about that most basic of humanities, the desire to know.

The powerful would do well to remember the words of one of histories great activists, as recorded in the book of Matthew:

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed at last from rooftop to rooftop.”

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Sysadmins of the World, Unite! – Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Sarah Harrison @ 30c3

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