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From September 25 to October 6, a group of world-class experts in quantum hacking from the University of Waterloo (Canada), under the guidance of prof. Vadim Makarov, analyzed the security of the quantum network created by ITMO University. As result of a joint study, the researchers tested the system for potential vulnerabilities and offered ways to patch them, which is crucial to the practical introduction of the technology. Read our article to learn more about the work conducted at ITMO University, as well as the key prospects for the development of quantum communications in the nearest five years.
Recently, a team from ITMO University won the Russian Federation Government grant on developing a system for operating a geographically distributed data storage and processing center that will make use of quantum technologies for protecting its communication channels. The project has yet no counterparts in the world. The project's initiator was the Smarts Company that deals in telecommunication networks and high-reliability communications services; ITMO University will conduct the R&D work.
Quantum technologies is one of the main trends of modern IT. Though scientists have yet to develop a full-fledged quantum computer that can solve tasks impossible for silicon ones, quantum cryptography systems are already here. Their main advantage is that it’s impossible to intercept information transferred by such systems (for details, read here). Still, one can't exclude the possibility of successful hacking of a quantum cryptography system. In an interview to our portal, Vadim Makarov, Head of the Quantum Hacking Laboratory of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Canada, shared about who and why attempt to hack such systems.