Top Security Firm RSA Tries to Silence Blog

Top Security Firm RSA Tries to Silence Blog
Top Security Firm RSA Tries to Silence Blog

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By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
August 13, 2009

RSA security, one of the top security firms in the country, has sent 
takedown notices to a blogger and his hosting company in an effort to 
silence his discussion of a vulnerability found on a bank web site that 
RSA helps monitor, according to the blogger.

The firm has accused the blogger of trademark infringement =E2=80=94 a common 
tactic of companies like Wal-Mart and Farmers Insurance Group to silence 
criticism =E2=80=94 and of running a =E2=80=9Cfraudulent=E2=80=9D web site that misleads the 
bank=E2=80=99s customers.

In its efforts to shut down the blog, RSA even claimed that the 
blogger=E2=80=99s site could become =E2=80=9Ca host of phishing and other fraudulent 
scams against the bank clients=E2=80=9D =E2=80=94 according to a company correspondence 
posted by blogger Scott Jarkoff.

A spokesman for RSA told Threat Level that the company had no response 
at this time.

In July, Jarkoff complained on his TechMiso blog that the Navy Federal 
Credit Union put bank users at risk by allowing them to enter their 
online banking passwords directly into the credit union=E2=80=99s unsecured home 
page, instead of requiring customers to go through a secure log-in page, 
where the customer can be assured they=E2=80=99re connected to the real bank 


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