Does anyone have the faintest clue what they're talking about here? If I had to guess, it's just another random-number generator. It definitely doesn't sound like two telescopes pointing at the same piece of key can contruct the same key -- now that would be cool.
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology is trying to patent a system of encryption using electromagnetic waves from Quasars.
According to The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, this technology is used to take cosmic radio waves are received through a radio telescope, encrypt and then retransmit them. Because cosmic waves are irregular, it is virtually impossible for others to decipher them. A spokesman is quoted as saying that the system could be used for the transmission of state secrets and other sensitive information.
The radio telescope can decipher the information by observing the cosmic wave patterns emitted by a particular quasar selected in advance. Even if the encrypted data is stolen, it is impossible to read it without the appropriate quasar's radio signals.
The only way to really break the code is to know which radio telescope the coder is using and what Quasar it is pointing at. Only then do you have a slim chance of decoding it.
I can see the story on the home page of Nikkei.net Interactive, but can't get at the story without a login.
Posted on March 27, 2006 at 1:21 PM • 58 Comments