Friday, January 10, 2014

More fallout from the NSA spying scandal

More security gurus are refusing to work with companies that collaborate with the NSA:
With reports last month that RSA Security worked with the NSA under a $10 million contract to weaken internet security, a number of speakers have withdrawn from the company's annual security conference due to be held next month.

RSA Security, owned by data storage giant EMC, has disputed claims that it intentionally introduced the flawed encryption algorithm, but otherwise has declined to discuss the media report.

The revelation supplemented documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showing that the NSA had tried to weaken internet encryption.

The withdrawals from the highly regarded conference represent early blowback by experts who have complained that the government's surveillance efforts have, in some cases, weakened computer security, even for innocent users.
Trust is fragile.  Easily lost, it's hard to get back.

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