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Submission + - One-time pad from Caltech offers uncrackable cryptography (technologyreview.com)

zrbyte writes: One-time pads are the holy grail of cryptography — they are impossible to crack, even in principle. However, the ability to copy electronic code makes one-time pads vulnerable to hackers. Now engineers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, have found a way round this to create a system of cryptography that is invulnerable to electronic attack. Their solution is based on a special kind of one-time pad that generates a random key through the complexity of its physical structure, namely shining a light through a diffusive glass plate.
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One-time pad from Caltech offers uncrackable cryptography

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