Security Researchers Boycott RSA’s Conference Due to “Secret Contract” With the NSA
January 8th, 2014 By: THN News

(The Hosting News) – A number of security researchers have boycotted RSA’s Conference in protest against a “secret contract” with the NSA, reports The Register.

Last month, the NSA reportedly paid $10 million to the security firm to secretly install bugs into the company’s encryption software creating a flawed formula used for generating random numbers to create a “back door” to security products.

Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure, was the first to cancel his presentation at the 2014 RSA Conference in Febuary due to the RSA using random number generator “ despite widespread speculation that NSA had backdoored it.”

Following his cancelation, several others taking part in the conference canceled their participation, including Jeffrey Carr, founder and chief exec of Taia Global; Josh Thomas of Atredis Partners; Chris Palmer, a software security engineer at Google; Adam Langley, a cryptographer for Google; Chris Soghoian, principal technologist with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project; Alex Fowler, global privacy and public policy leader for Mozilla; and Marcia Hofmann, a digital rights lawyer with the ‪EFF.

“RSA cannot escape responsibility for offering a compromised BSAFE product for the last nine years by saying ‘we just followed NIST’ and ‘our customers had a choice. This is a gross violation of its own mission statement not to mention its own illustrious history of defending the integrity of encryption against government attempts to weaken it,” states Jeffrey Carr, founder of Taia Global.

There are currently 408 speakers set to attend the event.

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