This article was published on December 24, 2013

Noted security researcher cancels RSA conference talk in protest at NSA backdoor revelations


Noted security researcher cancels RSA conference talk in protest at NSA backdoor revelations
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Following Technology Leaders Speak At RSA Conferencereports suggesting computer security firm RSA was paid to create a ‘back door’ for the NSA, Mikko Hypponen, head of research with antivirus firm F Secure, has cancelled plans to talk at the RSA Conference USA 2014 event in February.

Finn Hypponen, who is a noted figure in the security space, published an open letter, which includes the following excerpt:

I’m not expecting other conference speakers to cancel. Most of your speakers are American anyway – why would they care about surveillance that’s not targeted at them but at non-Americans. Surveillance operations from the US intelligence agencies are targeted at foreigners. However I’m a foreigner. And I’m withdrawing my support from your event.

Ironically, Hypponen was scheduled to speak about ‘Governments as Malware Authors’ — but he is instead following through with comments made after rumors of the NSA deal broke.

An Open Letter to the Chiefs of EMC and RSA (F Secure) | Via Graham Cluley

Images via David Paul Morris/Getty Images

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