Jolly Phi    
Quantum hacking lab
    Russian Quantum Center       MISiS University  


  • June 2019. Job opening in Shanghai partly affiliated with our group: an engineer or postdoc in QKD security certification.

  • February 2019. Our recent PhD graduate Anqi Huang has won RBC outstanding thesis award in cybersecurity in the quantum era (top 15% of cohort) for her “extensive work on attacking QKD implementations”.

  • May 2018. Earlier this year, the University of Waterloo has closed this lab. It is now being rebuilt at the Russian Quantum Center. We have a number of PhD and postdoc openings in Moscow.

  • October 2017. We’ve just returned from a security analysis trip to ITMO university in St. Petersburg (press in en | ru). Our lab has previously done informal implementation security audit for commercial quantum cryptosystems from ID Quantique, QuantumCTek, and a prototype at the University of Calgary. Now the Russian subcarrier scheme is added to this list.
    Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov
    Waterloo testing team on a mushroom picking trip near St. Petersburg.
    Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov / ITMO
    Waterloo testing team and ITMO researchers with their commercial prototype.
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Our research

The main direction of research for the Quantum hacking lab is testing practical security of quantum communication systems, finding and demonstrating new loopholes, and helping to develop and test countermeasures. For example, quantum cryptography is absolutely secure in theory. However, practical implementations often deviate from the theory description, which leaves loopholes for eavesdropping. By openly publishing all our results, we ensure hardening of quantum communication technology against all possible attacks. This work will also contribute to certification standards for quantum communication equipment.

Here are some short news articles about us (picked from larger press archive):

We also do some single-photon detector development for long-distance quantum communications, e.g., via satellite.

Current collaborations

Whiteboard drawing by our students   
Our cat is always alive (and cooperating)!   
   Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov, Scott McManus / IQC
Our lab members and collaborators in 2017
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PhD student Anqi Huang tests security strength of a commercial quantum cryptography system
Click for larger image. ©2016 Vadim Makarov
Discussion with visitor Marcos Curty
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Guest researchers Kejin Wei and Feihu Xu work with our PhD student Shihan Sajeed
Click for larger image. ©2014 Vadim Makarov
Undergraduate student Jin Gyu Lim works on an experiment
Click for larger image. ©2016 Vadim Makarov
Master’s student Jin Gyu Lim shows his setup for testing single-photon detectors
Click for larger image. ©2014 Vadim Makarov
PhD student Anqi Huang with her team’s prize-winning carving at IQC Halloween party 2014
Live demo of ID Quantique’s commercial quantum cryptography equipment at Quantum-nano centre’s grand opening in Waterloo. Image ©2012 IQC / Peter Kovacs
Public demo of commercial quantum cryptography equipment
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