Was that the RSA Conference in town last week, or a darkly comic remix of Spy v. Spy?
The files released by Edward Snowden last year reveal that RSA took $10 million from the National Security Agency to include flawed encryption (backdoors) in its “security” products. RSA Chief Art Coviello said the RSA did nothing wrong, but it’s boom time for cybersecurity companies and N.S.A. out-of-control mass surveillance has upped the ante. The Guardian reports:
There was one criticism, amid the understandable ire around the damage done to global privacy, which stood out: that the NSA’s mass spying had perversely made life easier for digital criminals.
The main problem seems to be N.S.A. hacking inspires and opens the door for other hackers to get their hands on the same data — our data.
Cryptography expert and author Bruce Schneier said some of the techniques the NSA used to hack routers are starting to be seen in criminal cases, amongst other attack types. Indeed, from compromises of much used but vulnerable mobile applications, to spying on people through their web cams, dark web dealers were already using the same methods as the NSA. “Today’s secret NSA programs are tomorrow’s PHD theses and the next day’s hacker tools,” he added.
More hackers, more flaws, more cybercrime . . . more cybersecurity business.
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