Dutch scientists have created a theoretical system that could render credit cards nearly impossible to clone. Currently, credit cards are secured by numerical encryption which, given the appropriate equipment, can be deciphered so that the card can be copied. Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands propose using quantum encryption to secure the credit cards of the future.
Quantum technology uses shaped photons to transmit data in configurations so unique they are the technological equivalent of a fingerprint. Project leader Professor Pepjin Pinkse explains, “The best thing about our method, which we’ve called Quantum Secure Authentication (QSA), is that secrets aren’t necessary… so they can’t be filched either.”
The team maintain that the system could be easily implemented using current technology, so credit card cloning could soon become a thing of the past.
Source: E & T