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NSA seeks computer to break encryption

Updated: 2014-01-04 07:22
By Sharon Bernstein ( China Daily)

The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The report, which the newspaper said was based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, comes amid continuing controversy over the spy agency's program to collect the phone records and Internet communications of private citizens.

In its report, The Washington Post said the NSA is trying to develop a so-called "quantum computer" that could be used to break encryption codes that cloak sensitive information.

NSA seeks computer to break encryption