The revelation supplemented documents leaked by former NSA contractor
The pullouts from the highly regarded
Some U.S. companies that have agreed or been compelled to turn over customer records to the government have complained that their business relationships with customers in
It was not immediately clear whether any researchers who still intended to make presentations at the conference would discuss the subject.
The researchers and experts include Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of
RSA issued an advisory to its customers last summer urging them not to use the algorithm, following published reports of the software's potential weaknesses. But that wasn't enough for researchers who want answers about the government's contract with RSA, which thousands of businesses use to secure their data.
RSA said in a statement last month that as a security company, it "never divulges details of customer engagements, but we also categorically state that we have never entered into any contract or engaged in any project with the intention of weakening RSA's products, or introducing potential 'backdoors' into our products for anyone's use."
The published report said RSA received the
Organizers said next month's conference in
The NSA has a history in developing encryption algorithms, with documents showing decades-old criticisms among civilian government scientists about the agency's role in developing communication standards. That includes scientists' discomfort, as early as the 1980s, over the Digital Signature Standard, a way to electronically sign documents and guarantee their authenticity. That became a federal processing standard by 1994.
In September, documents leaked by Snowden showed that the agency more recently wanted to water down Internet encryption in an effort to gather and analyze digital intelligence. In turn, the federal
RSA disputes report: https://blogs.rsa.com/news-media-2/rsa-response
At least eight security researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an Internet security conference in protest over the conference host's alleged collaboration with the
A published report last month said that
The report said such a flawed algorithm in RSA's software creates "back doors" into the company's encryption products.
RSA has disputed claims it introduced a flawed encryption algorithm.
The withdrawals from the highly regarded conference represent early blowback by experts who have complained that the government's surveillance efforts have, in some cases, weakened computer security, even for innocent users.
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