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MIT’s new 5-atom quantum computer could make today’s encryption obsolete

The scalable new system could easily crack RSA techniques

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MIT Building 10 and the Great Dome in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Credit: John Phelan

Much of the encryption world today depends on the challenge of factoring large numbers, but scientists now say they’ve created the first five-atom quantum computer with the potential to crack the security of traditional encryption schemes.