New eavesdropping strategies in quantum cryptographya master thesis done in Quantum Cryptography Project at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications
(exchange student from Department of Quantum Electronics, St. Petersburg State Technical University)
|Supervisor (Norway):||Professor Dag Roar Hjelme|
|Supervisor (Russia):||Victor Tarkhanov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|Russian title:||Evaluation of security against unauthorized access for practical fiber-based quantum cryptosystems|
This thesis was the first detailed study of a new class of eavesdropping strategies in quantum cryptography - conventional optical eavesdropping (also known as trojan horse attacks).
The results were subsequently published in a paper.
In this eavesdropping strategy, settings of transmitting and/or receiving apparatus are interrogated by external high-power light pulses. Applicability conditions of this method are given. Type and amount of information learned by the eavesdropper is estimated, depending on parameters of the interrogating pulse and apparatus.
The thesis suggests security measures against this kind of attack.
Experimental setup for eaveadropping experiment is proposed and results of successful preliminary measurements are presented.
Also, the thesis contains a short review of existing methods, protocols and schemes of quantum cryptography.
Never try to finish experiment in the last few days of student's stay. Damage to equipment will result. On the bright side, it might be photogenic. To be fair to Artem, I must admit that the other phase modulator of the two we had was broken by me (mechanically, during its internal modification).
We had a big trouble ordering replacement. Phase modulators with suitable specification were out-of-production by that time.