9 Security Experts Boycott RSA ConferenceSeveral leading security experts have pulled out of the RSA conference over unanswered questions concerning the NSA's $10 million payment to RSA
Why did security firm RSA accept $10 million from the National Security Agency in 2004?
That unanswered question is behind the decision by at least nine leading information security and privacy experts to boycott next month's RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Contacted via email, a spokesman for EMC -- which purchased RSA in 2006 -- declined to offer further details about the nature of the NSA's $10 million payment to RSA, and declined to comment on conference speakers' threatened boycott of the RSA conference, which is owned by EMC but independently run. (Full disclosure: InformationWeek's parent company, UBM LLC, owns the Black Hat security conferences.) RSA conference program committee chairman Hugh Thompson -- who is CTO of Blue Coat and not an RSA employee -- didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for reaction to the threatened boycott.
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