Not so shocking
A lot sooner than expected, but as with all practical encryption techniques (quantum isn't (yet)), AES was not built or advertised as being the 'eternal solution'.
The worst thing about this, is the predictable knee-jerk reaction of dimwits (managers, politicians and journalist/bloggers alike) of either:
- Oh dear, the end of the world is yet again coming at the end of the week;
- See! I told you, you cannot trust these IT and crypto boffins, they lied to us again!
Then again, there are still people using ultra-encryption techniques with pass-phrases that are barely better than '1234'.
Personally I think it is pretty cool that a technique has been found that endangers the 256, leaving the 192 and 128 alone. Such wonderful humor ;-)