Yahoo exec goes mano a mano with NSA director over crypto backdoors

    Date25 Feb 2015
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByDave Wreski
    Echoing the concerns many US-based technology companies have about US-led surveillance programs, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos asked the director of the National Security Agency some pointed questions concerning proposed or existing backdoors placed in encryption technologies. The responses from NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers only underscored the growing divide.

    The frank exchange occurred Monday at the Cybersecurity for a New America conference in Washington DC. It came 17 months after materials leaked by former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden documented NSA-engineered backdoors were built into widely used cryptography technologies so that government agents could decrypt communications.

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