Strategy, Vulnerability management

Longtime RSA conference speaker cancels in light of NSA revelations

December 26, 2013

When Reuters broke a story revealing that the RSA entered into a $10 million secret agreement with the NSA to continue using a flawed algorithm as an NSA backdoor, some people scheduled to speak at RSA Conference USA 2014 said they would cancel their sessions if it were true.

A statement released days later by the RSA was not enough for longtime RSA conference speaker Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with F-Secure.

“Your company has issued a statement on the topic, but you have not denied this particular claim,” Hypponen said in an open letter posted online on Monday. “As my reaction to this, I'm cancelling my talk at the RSA Conference USA 2014 in San Francisco in February 2014.”

The speech Hypponen was scheduled to deliver was titled, “Governments as Malware Authors.”

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