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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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