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Old 21st December 2013
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Default Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer

From http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9BJ1C220131220

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(Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the New York Times reported in September. Reuters later reported that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into a software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.
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For a follow-up on this see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12..._nsa_response/
RSA denies the contract, while the author of the Reuters articles stands by his story.
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