Is there no end to the willingness to undermine the Constitution, and now bribery, the NSA will go to?

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.
The RSA deal shows one way the NSA carried out what Snowden’s documents describe as a key strategy for enhancing surveillance: the systematic erosion of security tools. NSA documents released in recent months called for using “commercial relationships” to advance that goal, but did not name any security companies as collaborators.

The NSA came under attack this week in a landmark report from a White House panel appointed to review U.S. surveillance policy. The panel noted that “encryption is an essential basis for trust on the Internet,” and called for a halt to any NSA efforts to undermine it.

  1. Captain Obvious says:

    And RSAcorp is dead.

    I say “RSAcorp” because the actual RSA encryption method is still robust.

    BTW, I have 40 million credit card numbers for sales. I’m asking for a friend.

  2. dusanmal says:

    Not “how far NSA” will go. They are an arm of the executive branch, fed by laws of Senate/House. This explosion of anti-Constitutional surveillance happened under two of most Progressive Presidents and some of the most Progressive-packed Senate and House. Only close comparable abuse happened during the last Progressive in the White House – FDR (hey, let’s put Americans by racial origins into concentration camps FDR).
    There will be no end of this until we put in charge people who are openly for SMALL Government, one which does Constitutionally prescribed duties and nothing else. One that does not “provide”. Because one who “provides” can take it away. And if you really want single payer Government run healthcare, bend over and don’t complain when the consequences of giving such powers to the Government come knocking in NSA style.
    Federal healthcare -> NSA
    Federal environmental regulations -> NSA
    Federal education system -> NSA
    Redistribution by unfair IRS taxation -> NSA
    Large taxation by IRS -> NSA
    Federal meddling with energy free market -> NSA

    The worse is, not just NSA but may other abuses.

  3. Dallas says:

    This is an outrage. They would have settled for $5M. I hate when my tax dollars are squandered.

  4. pedro says:

    Thank you two term messiah president Obama for making the country safer by paying out RSA

    • Cap'n Kangaroo says:

      The date of the transaction puts it under the Bush administration.

      • pedro says:

        Like FISA which your messiah happily voted yeah for. I love liberuls using the same excuses cubans give the castros everytime something’s amiss in that poor excuse of an island: el comandante doesn’t know.

        So pretty liberul, does comandante Soetero doesn’t know?

        • Cap'n Kangaroo says:

          You make the direct connection that President Obama was in charge (ie President) when the NSA paid RSA to include their flawed product.

          He was not. George W Bush was.

          And you again make more inaccurate statements saying that I am an Obama supporter and a liberal. I am neither.

          I am sorry to have so wounded you by pointing out how your arguments are so bereft of a factual basis. But that neither makes me a liberal nor an Obama worshiper.

          You so cheapen your own arguments when you so quickly resort to name calling.

          • pedro says:

            a guy like obama who pledged as part of his first term campaign that he was going to put an end and two terms later not only has done nothing to make good on his promise but has made things worse is as guilty as dumbya of what happened here. The shared guilt is highlighted even more when you go back and see how many of these facist laws dumbya sent to the the leegislative branch of the govenrment where supported by the messiah with his vote.

            He might not have directly done the RSA deed but not onlyhas he sone nothing he also backed such outragous laws.

            If, as you say, you’re not a liberul you would at least criticize the messiah who is in a position to do something about it and it’ making things worse instead of trying to scream to a guy no longer in power

  5. Oink Oink says:

    What makes you think it’s the RSA or the NSA who’s allowing for all the snooping – or even really doing it?! Have you taken a good look at Microsoft and their CA’s lately (those “certificates” that your IE browser and Windows OS use to “trust” certain connections/entities)? How about Adobe or even any of the big wig antivirus companies and the shenanigans going on there? How about GOOGLE?!!!

    RSA/NSA (as if there’s really any difference) are just following what the corporate spy’s are doing. About the only difference is that the NSA happens to have badges in their pockets and authorization to kill you if you physically resist them.

    No, we’re not living in a Nazi Germany paradise.

    No, we’re not killing anyone.


  6. Glenn E. says:

    Here’s a December 1995 Baltimore Sun article, on how the NSA has done this before. With the Swiss encryption firm Crypto AG.

    And before the NSA was even formed. Post WW2 US-UK military intelligence, conspired to keep the fact that the German Enigma encryption machine had ever been broken. In the hopes that other nations would buy and use them. Never questioning that the machine’s mathematical complexity had been compromised. All the Enigma cracking machines, in England, were destroyed. But many more of them still existed back in the USA, under the Navy Department. Clueless countries went on using the “uncrackable” Enigma machine, until about 1970. When an author revealed the deception, in a book he published.

  7. sargasso_c says:

    Used for bank and stock exchange money transfers. Until last week.

  8. Marc Perkel says:

    I have to wonder if they were ordered to do it by the FISA court and that the $10 million was to cover court ordered expenses. It just seems to me 10 million is too small of an incentive to bribe them into doing it.