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    Exclusive: secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer

    Pressure is steady as Snowden continues to kick the NSA in the nuts. The Church committees report warned of this **** 37 years ago and no one listened.


    (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

    Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the New York Times reported in September. Reuters later reported that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into a software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.

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    Re: Exclusive: secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Pressure is steady as Snowden continues to kick the NSA in the nuts. The Church committees report warned of this **** 37 years ago and no one listened.


    (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

    Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the New York Times reported in September. Reuters later reported that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into a software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.

    Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer | Reuters
    The back door thing was dangerous and most likely unnecessary. But in general the main problem is that the US did not explain enough clearly, what it was doing. Of course nobody in his right mind would have thought that the reality was so far behind the TV series, thrillers and publicly available information and that the agencies were woefully neglecting their jobs.....
    I mean, how naive were these people? Most of the ones complaining were profiting from and helping all the while. Some of them like Germany even had formal agreements in place that condoned the US activities.

    The problems are quite other than the data mining and monitoring. There has been a lot of hate stoked and penned up out there and many of the present complaints come from governments using that hate for domestic purposes.

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