(The Hosting News) – The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has reportedly paid $10 million to computer security firm, RSA, in a “secret contract” to install bugs into the company’s encryption software so that the agency could spy on its customers, reports the International Business Times.
According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, the NSA created a flawed formula used for generating random numbers to create a “back door” to security products.
The formula was installed into the widely used software, BSAFE, which is used to enhance security in personal computers and other products.
On Sunday, the RSA issued a statement on their website regarding these allegations by stating, “We have worked with the NSA, both as a vendor and an active member of the security community. We have never kept this relationship a secret and in fact have openly publicized it. Our explicit goal has always been to strengthen commercial and government security.”
“We have never entered into any contract or engaged in any project with the intention of weakening RSA’s products, or introducing potential ‘backdoors’ into our products for anyone’s use.”
In recent months, Snowden’s leaked documents have shown the many efforts the NSA and government agencies have taken over the past couple of years to secretly use surveillance programs to spy on users.