Credit card owners and shoppers can now shop online with confidence against the knowledge that their credit cards are unhackable, courtesy of a new quantum-secure authentication (QSA) technology that uses enhanced quantum cryptography.

This new credit card and identity card digital security beats the imagination of online data thieves and prevents them from stealing financial information or extract sensitive data for dubious use.

Developed by researchers from the University of Twente and the Eindhoven University of Technology, the QSA technology uses an advanced model of “classical multiple-scattering key” system, and one of the researchers describes this thus: “It would be like dropping 10 bowling balls onto the ground and creating 200 separate impacts. It’s impossible to know precisely what information was sent (what pattern was created on the floor) just by collecting the 10 bowling balls.”

It essentially works by using “a light pulse containing fewer photons than spatial degrees of freedom and verifying the spatial shape of the reflected light” to authenticate and decode the key of any particular credit card, and this prevents any online hacker to emulate the model of the optical response key because a data thief would be prevented from cracking the encrypted data “even if all information about the key is publicly known.”

The QSA technology applies a “strip of nanoparticles” to credit cards and e-passports with the background that the authenticity of the security strip is verified when you “zap (it) with a laser in such a way as to create a unique pattern that’s impossible to crack.”

Officials of the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology believe implementing this security layer would be quite easy considering the fact that the available technology of quantum mechanics could get it done via a very secure encryption system.

11 Responses

  1. Red Robin

    All this reminds me of when Uncle Walt forecaster that in the 21st century we would all have robot driven “cars” fly us all to work. Plastic & metal “nannies” would tend the kids. Still wating. .. …

  2. Scott Davis

    And how exactly does that help with purchases over the internet where one is typing their card number into boxes?

  3. tedthornton

    Ultimately it will have a number on it. Online retailers like amazon will only want the number. They willn’t shine a laser on the actual card. And that, kids, is how hackers will do what they have always done. Pay attention jack harvey.

  4. David Emghee

    “a light pulse containing fewer photons than spatial degrees of freedom and verifying the spatial shape of the reflected light”

    That is word salad, no question about it. Quantum tech computing chips have yet to come to market , and you want me to believe that because that hash sounds scientific, they have the ability to manufacture magnetic strips using quantum tech? No way! If the investors can’t recognize a random text generated sentence, and buy into this, they deserve to get burned!

  5. fpleti2

    This is not a quantum application!

    More like a randomized number series.

    As far as not being able to read the data, that is the easiest thing to do based on the description given. For example, what is the cheapest YAG laser banks can buy? That is the laser to use to read the information.

  6. badwriterisbad

    First, it is not NOW projecting us if it hasn’t been implemented yet. Second, it had not been pet reviewed or audited. Also, compromising POS systems or senders behind the encryption layer nullify any security provided by strong encryption. That’s not even getting into the actual encryption hacking, which you have yet to test in the real world. Sounds likes Titanic error. Poor reporting.

  7. Jack Harney

    Ernest asks a valid question, and Ehud decides, if he can’t understand it, it must not be true, and it’s an attempt at fraud. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have the background to fully understand the workings of this idea. However, I’ve read a good deal about the possibilities that emerging nanotechnologies are going to open for us. So, I’d like to hear an answer to Ernest’s question, and will remain open to see how this idea may develop until PROVEN otherwise.

  8. Ehud Gavron

    What a bunch of made-up hooey. Seriously I couldn’t make up jargon this bad and try and pass it off. Obviously someone got a patent on LASER-snake-oil and wants banks to buy into it. Nothing to see here. You can move along now.

  9. Ernest Stefan Matyus

    Sound complicated.
    I understand how this can be used in ATMs and vending machines, but how would this provide online security? From what I understand the data stream must be encrypted by a physical device before sent over the internet. Does this mean you’d have to connect a card reader to you PC, laptop or phone when using this method?
    And if a hacker can’t decode the encryption then how is it read on the receiving end?


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