Mark Tyson reports via Tom’s Hardware: A commercial smartphone or Linux computer can be used to crack RSA-2048 encryption, according to a leading scientific researcher. Dr. Ed Gerck is preparing a research paper with the details, but couldn’t help but boast about his incredible quantum computing achievement (if true) on his LinkedIn profile. Let’s be clear: these claims seem disingenuous, but it must be recognized that the world is not ready for an off-the-shelf system capable of decrypting RSA-2048, because large companies, organizations and governments have not yet done so. transition. to secure encryption technology for the post-quantum era.
In his social media post, Gerck says a simple device like a smartphone can decipher the strongest RSA encryption keys used today thanks to a mathematical technique that “has been hidden for around 2,500 years – since Pythagoras.” . He then clarified that no cryogenics or special materials were used in the RSA-2048 key cracking exploit. BankInfoSecurity reach to Gerck in search of more detailed information about his alleged RSA-2048 breakthrough and hoping to obtain evidence that what is claimed is possible and practical. Gerck shared a summary of his article to come. This appears to show that instead of using Shor’s algorithm to decrypt the keys, a system based on quantum mechanics was used and can run on a smartphone or PC.
In some ways, it’s good that the claimed breakthrough doesn’t claim to use Shor’s algorithm. Alan Woodward, professor of computer science at the University of Surrey, told BankInfoSecurity that no existing quantum computer has enough gates to implement Shor’s algorithm and break RSA-2048. So at least this part of Gerck’s explanation is verified. However, the summary of Gerck’s paper appears to be “a whole theory proving various conjectures – and that evidence is definitely in question,” according to Woodward. BankInfoSecurity’s report on Gerck’s paper “QC Algorithms: Faster Calculation of Prime Numbers” cites other skeptics, most of whom are waiting for more information and proof before giving Gerck a standing ovation.