Scientists find key to water-tight encryption

Friday, 4 October 2002, 10:16 AM EST

A team of scientists said on Wednesday they had made a major leap toward developing secure global communications.

Researchers from QinetiQ, the commercial arm of Britain's defence research agency, and their colleagues at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich have sent a key for deciphering coded information over a record 14.5 miles of open space between two mountains in Germany.

Keys are random strings of numbers needed to encode and decode sensitive data. The distribution of keys is essential for secure global communications.

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