Hackers hoarding stolen data to crack with quantum computers next decade

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Hackers are holding on to stolen data they cannot access with hopes that quantum computers will soon be able to break the codes — a strategy U.S. officials are working to counteract attacks as hackers target hospitals, MIT Technology Review reported Nov. 3.

Quantum computers are different from traditional computers because instead of numbers, they use quantum pieces that can represent several values at the same time. Quantum computers have the capability to solve encrypted algorithms and passwords to break into sensitive data.

Although these computers are not projected to be available for another decade, U.S. officials are preparing to protect Americans from future dangers, according to the report.

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