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RSA warns against using encryption algorithm after NSA revelations

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 Sep 2013 10:22 User comments (3)

RSA warns against using encryption algorithm after NSA revelations Internet security firm RSA is advising developers not to use one of its own encryption algorithms, fearing the NSA may be able to decrypt code that results.
A New York Times report indicated that the NSA may have intentionally introduced a flaw into the SP 80090A Dual Ellipctic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generation algorithm before trying to get the National Institute of Standards and Technology to adopt it.

RSA strongly advises customers to switch to other random number generators.

During the 90s, the NSA had argued publicly that it should be able to decrypt all cryptographic systems in order to be able to effectively fight against security threats, but privacy rights and free speech advocates won the day.

Nevertheless, the NSA has been in a tug of war with cryptographers who create increasingly sophisticated encryption systems. The NSA does have considerable super-computing power, and cryptographic expertise of its own too.

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3 user comments

120.9.2013 16:22

SCREW the NSA...........they are the epitome of all that's bad, invasive and greedy about the U.S.A.

Their beliefs of being able to view ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING they choose is horsesh*t!!

Our nation's security is not hinging in ANY WAY on whether or not they (The NSA and other gov't factions) are able/allowed to invade any and all people's privacy so PISS OFF NSA!

221.9.2013 00:05

Give it a few years and the USA will change its name to NSA; Soviet union part 2.

321.9.2013 20:02

damn them!

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