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Security professionals withdraw from tech conference after NSA revelations
12-26-2013, 09:28 PM #1
Wayne5 Member
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Add Josh Thomas to the list of security experts cutting ties with RSA Security after the Snowden leaks.

“If the allegations are true, a company that’s sole purpose to build trust – and that’s what cryptography is – and they can’t be trusted, then I don’t want to be part of that,” Thomas said to Raw Story. Thomas, “Chief Breaker” of Atreidis Partners, had been lined up to speak at the annual RSA conference in February. The conference gathers computer security researchers to discuss the latest in cryptography and security.

But the RSA brand is radioactive territory after Reuters published accusations that the firm colluded with the NSA to market flawed encryption. The conference is separate from the company, he noted. “They share a name and nothing else. To punish the conference for the company is probably not fair. The problem is that they do share a name. They are furthering the RSA brand. Everyone who gets on stage is furthering the credibility of the company.”

Mikko Hypponen, chief researcher for Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, withdrew in protest from a speaking engagement at conference, citing the Edward Snowden revelations as tainting the event published an open letter Monday describing his concerns to RSA and its parent firm, EMC Corp.

“On December 20th, Reuters broke a story alleging that your company accepted a random number generator from the National Security Agency, and set it as the default option in one of the your products, in exchange of $10 million. Your company has issued a statement on the topic, but you have not denied this particular claim,” Hypponen wrote in an open letter.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/26/se...velations/
12-26-2013, 10:02 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The US and the world are no longer confident about any software written in the US. People are already exploring alternative options from Europe, China et al. to attempt to regain a certain amount of security and privacy.

Business are having concerns about data protection in the US, and are in the process of abandoning US cloud companies, customers are taking the data overseas simply because of fear and uncertainty and doubt about the NSA revelations.

The administration and NSA will be own this shift away from US standards, US software and US protocols,

The economic loss is already substantial, and going to get worse.

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12-26-2013, 10:16 PM #3
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(12-26-2013, 10:02 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  The US and the world are no longer confident about any software written in the US. People are already exploring alternative options from Europe, China et al. to attempt to regain a certain amount of security and privacy.

Business are having concerns about data protection in the US, and are in the process of abandoning US cloud companies, customers are taking the data overseas simply because of fear and uncertainty and doubt about the NSA revelations.

The administration and NSA will be own this shift away from US standards, US software and US protocols,

The economic loss is already substantial, and going to get worse.

don't ever buy any software from china. it's much worse. seriously.
12-26-2013, 10:28 PM #4
Wayne5 Member
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What does a CEO of a security company do when he is confronted with a National Security Letter that requires him to add a government backdoor and not tell at risk of imprisonment?
I don't know if this company got one but banning these letters, by law, would help us regain what we have lost. You gotta know that the Russians knew about the backdoor and used it themselves. You would think that a bunch of smart guys at the NSA would know that there will always be a Snowden to tell on them. Morons.

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12-26-2013, 11:15 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(12-26-2013, 10:16 PM)failboat Wrote:  don't ever buy any software from china. it's much worse. seriously.

I would tend to agree with that, but some corporations are moving in that direction. Personally I use open source software whenever possible, so I know the code isn't compromised.
For every piece of open source available, there's been a hundred, in or some cases thousands of programmers going through the source code looking for bugs, back doors, the usual.

(12-26-2013, 10:28 PM)Wayne5 Wrote:  What does a CEO of a security company do when he is confronted with a National Security Letter that requires him to add a government backdoor and not tell at risk of imprisonment?

Exactly, and up till recently the companies had to deny involvement if asked. I guess data is going the way of US tourism, the coal industry, the Keystone pipeline, etc.

Everybody feeling secure yet?

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12-26-2013, 11:58 PM #6
Softy Incognito Anonymous
 
(12-26-2013, 10:16 PM)failboat Wrote:  
(12-26-2013, 10:02 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  The US and the world are no longer confident about any software written in the US. People are already exploring alternative options from Europe, China et al. to attempt to regain a certain amount of security and privacy.

Business are having concerns about data protection in the US, and are in the process of abandoning US cloud companies, customers are taking the data overseas simply because of fear and uncertainty and doubt about the NSA revelations.

The administration and NSA will be own this shift away from US standards, US software and US protocols,

The economic loss is already substantial, and going to get worse.

don't ever buy any software from china. it's much worse. seriously.

or from that Canadian company with the US subsidery,,,

that wrote OBAMACARE!!!...what a piece of crap,,,on a stick...

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12-27-2013, 12:03 AM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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lmao.gif I just shot a little beer through my nostril.

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