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RSA protesters find home in rival conference

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Backlash against Bedford’s RSA, the cybersecurity arm of EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, continues to mount following allegations it conspired with the National Security Agency to aid widespread spying.

Several prominent computer security experts who pulled out of RSA’s annual conference, the premier gathering for the industry, now plan to attend a rival gathering that will make the subject of NSA surveillance practices a major focus.

At least 11 speakers cancelled appearances at the RSA Conference, to be held later this month in San Francisco, after a Dec. 20 Reuters article reported the security firm received $10 million from the NSA to make a formula preferred by the spy agency the default option in one of its popular security products. RSA has denied that it intentionally weakened its security program.

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