Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), is no longer expected to keynote a cyber security conference scheduled to convene on Tuesday.
On Monday, KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company that is hosting the “Masters in Security” congress, announced the news on its website.
The change in plans came just days after major media outlets published documents, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed details on NSA's years-long mission to undermine encryption methods widely used to secure communications sent over the internet.
Major findings in the documents included news that the NSA pressured major tech companies into giving the agency backdoor access to encryption software. It is also suspected that the agency stole company encryption keys by hacking organizations' servers.