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NIST selects quantum-proof algorithms to head off the coming cryptopocalypse

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Conceptual computer artwork of electronic circuitry with blue and red light passing through it, representing how data may be controlled and stored in a quantum computer.

Enlarge / Conceptual computer artwork of electronic circuitry with blue and red light passing through it, representing how data may be controlled and stored in a quantum computer. (credit: Getty Images)

In the not-too-distant future—as little as a decade, perhaps, nobody knows exactly how long—the cryptography protecting your bank transactions, chat messages, and medical records from prying eyes is going to break spectacularly with the advent of quantum computing. On Tuesday, a US government agency named four replacement encryption schemes to head off this cryptopocalypse.

Some of the most widely used public-key encryption systems—including those using the RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman algorithms—rely on mathematics to protect sensitive data. These mathematical problems include (1) factoring a key's large composite number (usually denoted as N) to derive its two factors (usually denoted as P and Q) and (2) computing the discrete logarithm that keys are based on.

The security of these cryptosystems depends entirely on classical computers' difficulty in solving these problems. While it's easy to generate keys that can encrypt and decrypt data at will, it's impossible from a practical standpoint for an adversary to calculate the numbers that make them work.

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US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) hits back at fellow Republican Lauren Boebert's church and state remark: "There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must oppose the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian." He is first US Republican congressperson to use the phrase "Christian Taliban"

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US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) hits back at fellow Republican Lauren Boebert's church and state remark: "There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must oppose the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian." He is first US Republican congressperson to use the phrase "Christian Taliban" submitted by /u/mepper to r/atheism
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An FCC commissioner has called on both Apple and Google to delete TikTok from their respective app stores, giving the companies until July 8 to respond. It is not clear what measures the Federal Communications Commission might take if the companies do not comply.

The lengthy four-page letter says that TikTok is not a video-sharing app, but a “sophisticated surveillance tool” for the Chinese government …

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New comment by sirwitti in "Tell HN: I DDoSed myself using AWS CloudFront and Lambda Edge and got $4.5k bill"

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I'm very much on the boring technology side of things with respect to hosting.

40€ / month gets you a very powerful dedicated server that can easily handle millions of requests per day and performs incredibly well and can be managed easily.

If you also use containers you even get quite a bit of flexibility and agility.

To be honest I don't really understand the sentiment that developers can get away with not knowing basic sysadmin stuff and at the same time have to spend relevant amounts of time, energy and money to get up to speed with cloud solutions, k8s and so on.

But then again, I'm not one of the cool kids...

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