'Like many forms of encryption in use today, HTTPS protections are on
the brink of a collapse that could bring down the world as we know it.
Hanging in the balance are most encrypted communications sent over the
last several decades. On Thursday, Google unveiled an experiment
designed to head off, or at least lessen, the catastrophe.
In the coming months, Google servers will add a new, experimental
cryptographic algorithm to the more established elliptic curve
algorithm it has been using for the past few years to help encrypt
HTTPS communications. The algorithm—which goes by the wonky name "Ring
Learning With Errors"—is a method of exchanging cryptographic keys
that's currently considered one of the great new hopes in the age of
quantum computing. Like other forms of public key encryption, it
allows two parties who have never met to encrypt their communications,
making it ideal for Internet usage.'
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174