Quantum cryptography: This air-filled fiber optic cable can transport un-hackable keys, say researchers

A new type of optical fiber filled with nothing but thin air has been found to be particularly effective to carry out quantum key distribution (QKD), a security protocol that is in principle un-hackable and could play a key role in protecting sensitive data against ever-more sophisticated cyber-attacks. BT experimented with QKD over a six-kilometer-long cable of hollow core fiber, a technology that it has been working on for the past few months as an alternative to traditional fiber optic cables.

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