>Did MemComputing break RSA 2048 in real time?
“The technology, part of a USAF Phase II SBIR (military proposal), has demonstrated the ability to solve 300+ bit products of two primes in emulation mode. The company forecasts that when scaled up and implemented as an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), RSA 2048 could be broken in real-time.”
What you need to understand is they would never let information even suggesting a possibility of a major encryption vulnerability be discussed in private among academics, let alone let it reach any news agency. Unless, of course, letting the public know of a vulnerability served their interests. Either because China/Russia knew about it or to discredit a popular algorithm so they can propose/influence the one that replaces it. For whatever reason they would do the latter, I truly do not know.
“It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”