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Published August 10, 2017

China Sends First Ever Hack-Proof Message To Satellite

By Ben Cost

Seeing how we live in the age of Ransomware, a White House that leaks more than Bernie Sanders' bladder, and scariest of all, those terrorists who threatened to spoil the last episode of Game of Thrones, it's more important than ever to safeguard digital property against spearphishing. Fortunately, China may have just paved the way for a completely hack-proof communications system.

 

That's right, Chinese scientists brought new meaning to the term 'cyberspace' after they became the first to send unbreakable ciphers from a satellite to earth via quantum key distribution. For those of you who don't speak Alan Turing, quantum key distribution is an ironclad method of making code unbreakable using quantum mechanics.

 

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Xinhua reports that the milestone was "based on experiments conducted with the world's first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS). This modern day Enigma is affectionately named "Micius" after a 5th century B.C. Chinese philosopher and father of optical experiments.

 

Micius reportedly 'beamed' quantum keys to earth stations in China between 645 and 1,200 km away at a transmission rate up to 20 orders of magnitude more efficient than an optical fiber, according to Reuters

 

Said Pan Jianwei, the lead on the experiment, "That, for instance, can meet the demand of making an absolute safe phone call or transmitting a large amount of bank data. Once intercepted or measured, the quantum state of the key will change, and the information being intercepted will self-destruct" a la digital invisible ink. Yep, a lot more efficient than a pigeon or a Telegram runner who'll down a Hemlock cocktail upon being compromised. 

 

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