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[BBC] NSA-inspired software sped up code-cracking efforts

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The US National Security Agency persuaded web-encryption company RSA to develop a more vulnerable random-number generator to make it easier to spy on businesses, Reuters has reported.

The news agency reported research suggesting the software had made reading companies' encrypted messages about 65,000 times easier.

RSA said it should "have been more sceptical of NSA's intentions".

The NSA declined to comment on any collaboration with RSA.

The research followed the description of a project to undermine commercial encryption systems in papers leaked by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden, published in late 2013

While this isn't actually news (we all know the NSA has been up to some dodgy stuff), I find it pretty shocking that they've had a backdoor inserted into global encryption standards. Sure, RSA have denied it, but probably with a gun pointed to their head. This exposure of the level of privacy invasion is disgusting. It just shows what happens when "who will police the police" gets out of hand.

Source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26834889
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In b4 nothing to hide blah blah sheeples...
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It's not even about privacy - with that level of backdoor, an unscrupulous NSA employee could break into online banking and steal millions from customers....and the NSA wouldn't care as it wouldn't be a "national security" issue. Sure, the FBI would be after them, but they could be long gone and have enough money to pull it off.
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