Press releases

  • PQCRYPTO releases initial recommendations for post-quantum cryptographic algorithms
    September 07, 2015

    A consortium of cryptographers has just released initial recommendations for cryptographic algorithms to protect the Internet against future quantum computers.

    Attackers armed with quantum computers will be able to decrypt credit-card numbers and passwords encrypted with RSA and elliptic-curve cryptography. PQCRYPTO is a consortium of universities and companies funded by the European Union to respond to this threat.

    The new report provides initial recommendations for post-quantum encryption, authentication, and signatures. "These recommendations are chosen for confidence in their long-term security", the report says.

    "We started with conservative choices to make sure that the early adopters get secure systems", says Prof. Dr. Tanja Lange from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the PQCRYPTO coordinator. "This security comes at the price of large keys, but the PQCRYPTO project is investigating more efficient systems."

    The report is authored by 17 researchers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. It is available from

  • TU Eindhoven leads multi-million Euro project to protect data against quantum computers
    April 23, 2015

    At this moment all bets are off and it is unclear whether we will ever learn the outcome of this competition. Scientists at TU Eindhoven and elsewhere are developing technology that can resist attacks using quantum computers. These cryptosystems need to be in place before big quantum computers become a reality, which is expected some time after 2025. Even if the scientists win that race quantum computers can still decrypt communication that we encrypt today with current technologies if the attacker has retained this data.

    Full press release, docx file.
    Full press release in Dutch, docx file.

Last modified: 2015.09.08