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Quantum hacking lab
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News

  • April 2020. The lab in Moscow took delivery of optical tables.
    Click for larger image. ©2020 Vadim Makarov / RQC
    Click for larger image. ©2020 Vadim Makarov / RQC

  • 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.
    Note added: the analysis results have been published.
    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)!   
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Laser damage experiment (2019, Moscow)
 
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Guest professor Anqi Huang in the Kremlin (2019)
 
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Guest professor Anqi Huang in the lab (2019, Moscow)
 
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Guest researcher Poompong Chaiwongkhot on the New Year 2019 (Moscow)
 
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Discussion with visitor Marcos Curty (2016, Waterloo)
 
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Guest researchers from St. Petersburs are doing a hacking experiment (2017, Waterloo)
 
Click for larger image. ©2017 Vadim Makarov, Scott McManus / IQC
Our lab members and collaborators (2017, Waterloo)
 
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