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NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG Random Number Generator from Recommendations

NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG Random Number Generator from Recommendations

April 23, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced to abandon the controversial  Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic  Random Bit Generator,  better known as  Dual_EC_DRBG in the wake of allegations that the National Security Agency. Back in December, Edward Snowden leaks revealed that RSA received $10 million bribe from NSA under a secret contract to implement their flawed cryptographic algorithm Dual_EC_DRBG in its bSafe Security tool as the default protocol in its products for keeping Encryption Weak . In response to the accusations on NSA and RSA, and despite RSA denied all the accusations. without wasting time NIST issued an announcement recommending against using Dual_EC_DRBG and abandon the cryptographic algorithm from its revised guidance provided in the Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators ( NIST Special Publication 800-90A, Rev.1 ). But it didn't remove it from its random number generator
NOT JUST ONE! RSA adopted Two NSA Backdoored Encryption Tools

NOT JUST ONE! RSA adopted Two NSA Backdoored Encryption Tools

March 31, 2014Wang Wei
The respected encryption and network security company RSA Security (now a division of EMC), whose respect was already on stack after revelation by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden  revealed that the NSA created a flawed random number generation system ( Dual_EC_DRBG ), Dual Elliptic Curve, which the most trusted security provider company RSA used in its Bsafe security tool.  Until then RSA wasn't able to come up from this aspersion, a new document by Snowden revealed that RSA received $10 million from NSA for keeping Encryption Weak. Researchers from Johns Hopkins , the University of Wisconsin , the University of Illinois  have claimed that the RSA adopted one more NSA recommended tool called Extended Random extension  for secure websites, which actually helps NSA to crack a version of the Dual Elliptic Curve software tens of thousands of times faster,  Reuters reported. Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator ( Dual EC_DRBG ) is a cryptograph
RSA denied accusations of inserting secret backdoor for the NSA

RSA denied accusations of inserting secret backdoor for the NSA

December 23, 2013Mohit Kumar
According to media reports in September, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden have confirmed the existence of backdoor in some technologies RSA . Last Friday, The Reuters News Agency accused the Security firm RSA for taking a $10 million ' bribe ' from the National Security Agency ( NSA ) in order promote a flawed encryption by including it in its BSAFE product to facilitate NSA spying . Today In a blog post , RSA has categorically denied accusation about any secret partnership with the National Security Agency to insert backdoor. " Recent press coverage has asserted that RSA entered into a "secret contract" with the NSA to incorporate a known flawed random number generator into its BSAFE encryption libraries. We categorically deny this allegation. " " We have never entered into any contract or engaged in any project with the intention of weakening RSA's products " the company said. The company gave the following reasons for choosing and promoting
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