Did RSA Compromise on its integrity?

The security community suffered a shock recently when it was realized that NSA had paid $10 million to push through a encryption technology promoted by the agency through a RSA product. It is understood that NSA promoted a Dual Elliptical Curve encryption formula and RSA embedded it in their product BSafe. It was meant for deployment in PCs.

It is now known that this formula for random number generation had certain flaws which some experts have called nothing but a “Backdoor”. Now that it is known that NSA had spent money on pushing through the product it is logical to conclude that this was a deliberate act of NSA to have a backdoor means of spying on communication encrypted with BSafe.

The revelation has embarrassed RSA and compromised its own integrity as a security product supplier.

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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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