Ripple publishes math prof’s warning: ‘public-key cryptosystems should be replaced’

Mathematician Massimiliano Sala says current encryption methods won’t protect blockchain systems from quantum computers.

Professor Massimiliano Sala, of the University of Trento in Italy, recently discussed the future of blockchain technology, as it relates to encryption and quantum computing, with the crew at Ripple as part of the company’s ongoing university lecture series. 

Sala’s discussion focused on the potential threat posed by quantum computers as the technology matures. According to the professor, current encryption methods could be easy for tomorrow’s quantum computers to solve, thus putting entire blockchains at risk.

Per Sala:

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