More Experts Cancel RSA Conference Engagements Due to Controversial NSA Deal

They're representatives of ACLU, the EFF, Google and Mozilla

By on January 8th, 2014 12:04 GMT

After Mikko Hypponen, Jeffrey Carr and Josh Thomas, more people have announced their intentions to boycott the 2014 RSA Conference that will take place in February in San Francisco. 

Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist with the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) is one of them. Google’s Adam Langley has also pulled out of the cryptographers panel. Both of them have announced their decision on Twitter.

The list of those who have cancelled their engagements also includes Google engineer Chris Palmer, Marcia Hoffman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Mozilla’s Alex Fowler.

They’ve all decided to back out of the event after news surfaced that the NSA’s flawed random number generation algorithm Dual EC DRBG was included in RSA’s BSAFE encryption libraries as part of a $10 million (€7.3 million) contract.

RSA has come forward with a statement denying the allegations. However, many experts are unhappy with the lack of transparency, so they’ve decided to boycott the security conference.

RSA hasn’t updated its speakers list yet. Currently, 482 individuals are listed in the speakers section of the RSA Conference website.

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Christopher Soghoian is still listed as a speaker on the RSA Conference website
   Christopher Soghoian is still listed as a speaker on the RSA Conference website