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SandboxAQ Wins Pentagon Contract to Probe Quantum Threats

Google spinoff didn’t disclose the financial terms.

The Pentagon in Washington. 

The Pentagon in Washington. 

Source: AFP/Getty Images

SandboxAQ, a Google software spinoff focused on defending against the future threat of quantum code-cracking, has won its first contract with the US Department of Defense.

The company is due to announce later on Friday it started working with the US Air Force earlier this month. SandboxAQ under the deal will assess existing encryption and determine where software upgrades could help defend against hypothetical attacks from quantum technology. The company declined to disclose the financial terms of the contract.