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.