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Toshiba sprints to vanguard of quantum encryption race

Japanese group wields tech edge, chased by many toward commercialization

There is a global race to develop quantum encryption to secure data communication against hackers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Toshiba looks set to take the global lead in commercializing quantum cryptography, pressing its technological advantage in the highly competitive field anticipated to produce safeguards for data against cyberespionage.

The Japanese technology group plans to sell fee-based services later this year. Its system, regarded as essentially impervious to hacking, transmits the key data essential to encrypting and decrypting using the quantum properties of photons.

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