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9 Security Experts Boycott RSA Conference

Several leading security experts have pulled out of the RSA conference over unanswered questions concerning the NSA's $10 million payment to RSA.

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Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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1/15/2014 | 1:28:21 PM
Nice...
I have to applaud the speakers for standing up.  I personally think that if you are a security company who is entrusted with protecting data for millions of customers, citizens, and other corporate assets, you need to be held accountable for the morals behind it.  By agreeing to take government funds to inherently weaken a product doesn't reflect well on RSA, or EMC for that matter.  Why should security folks then want to be associated with a company who has been shown to think more about profits and deals than the strength of their product?  When they had a large breach, people still kept faith in RSA, maybe this is what it takes for people to realize that sometimes corporate sponsored events require some thought about what it means to be associated with such an organization.
Tommmmy
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Tommmmy,
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1/9/2014 | 9:56:34 AM
Defund the NSA - Cut Their Water & Power in Utah
I am IMPRESSED.  There are 9 people left in this world with morals and ethics that know when to do the right thing.  I fully support these heroic American professionals.

We have a corrupt and criminal government and military that are secretly taking over the world and the nation's "Big 6" media outlets are mostly silent on this criminal take-over.  This nation is being run by the largest CRIMINAL MAFIA outfit ever witnessed by man.

Thanks to the heroic freedom-fighter and whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden we now know that an army of private contractors and the US Military unlawfully monitors everyone's telephone traffic, all your contact lists, text messages, passwords, GPS locations with dates and time, Facebook posts & pictures, LinkedIn pages & pictures, your search engine keywords entered (yes – even the keywords typed in but you don't press the enter key), all web sites visited, all your credit card numbers, all your inbound and outbound e-mail messages, your voice-print, and facial image (for facial recognition devices planted around the world used to identify your movement). They have also now installed traffic cameras in all major metro areas and on police cars that scan license plate tags and store that information in databases. I believe those databases are shared with the NSA. They store all that information permanently, under your name, at the US Military's new massive Utah Data Center and can pull it up at any time in the future. They can even freely tap into the microphone and/or camera on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, PC, automobile's OnStar system, xBox and similar Internet connected devices. Rest assured – if it connects to the Internet – the US Military can tap into it and illegally monitor you. 

And now we have learned they have back door access into all of RSA's encryption tools.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/8/2014 | 5:08:33 PM
Re: Hey RSA, you're goin' down in flames after this stunt
Sadly, I doubt the boycott will have much meaning when the prevailing attitude in Washington is that the law is for the little folk.
asksqn
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asksqn,
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1/8/2014 | 4:47:44 PM
Hey RSA, you're goin' down in flames after this stunt
This is a revelation and should rightfully serve as a cautionary tale to any company that either directly or indirectly crawls into bed with government surveillers - such coziness will not be tolerated nor should it be in an allegedly free country.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/8/2014 | 4:13:40 PM
Who's defending RSA?
Good analysis of the the faces and issues behing the RSA boycott, Mat. It sure will be interesting to hear what RSA has to say when (or if) the come forward with a better defense of their actions. 
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