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Multiple industry experts have reportedly withdrawn from next month's highly regarded RSA Conference in San Francisco due to reports of the sponsor's controversial and deliberate use of "_flawed encryption technology_, "according to an article published by ABC News. The article states that approximately "_eight researchers or policy experts_" have pulled out of the conference after the sponsor, RSA Security, reportedly purposefully used this technology in commercially released software to "_allow the National Security Agency to spy more easily on computer users._"
Claims of "_intentionally introducing the flawed encryption algorithm_" have been disputed by RSA – and their parent company, EMC Corporation – but they continue to refuse comments about the reported published information describing a "_$10 million government contract_", according to the article. As the article states,"_The revelation supplemented documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showing that the NSA tried to weaken Internet encryption._" Industry professionals, including technology specialists, researchers and experts on policy have "_complained that the government's surveillance efforts have, in some cases, weakened Internet security even for innocent users_, "according to the article.
The RSA Conference will host 560 speakers, according to the article, but it has not been confirmed if those individuals who are still preparing to attend and present information would be discussing the controversy. One of the conference organizers, Hugh Thompson of Blue Coat Systems, was quoted in the article to say that the conference is "_an open venue where people can talk openly about security._" In a discussion via social media regarding reasons for withdrawing from the event, a researcher with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Christopher Soghoian, was also quoted to say that he had "_given up waiting for RSA to fess up to the truth_, "according to the report. Even after reports of these cancellations, conference organizers still expect "_more participants than the 24,000 who showed up last year_", according to the article.
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Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 9, 2014