Reveal Poor Web Security... Have RSA Threaten You With Trademark Infringement

from the not-cool dept

Scott Jarkoff recently discovered a problem with the Navy Federal Credit Union website, in that it allows users to login from an unsecured webpage. That's the type of stuff that we thought pretty much all banks had figured out ages ago. However, what's fascinating is what happened after that. Scott received an angry email from RSA, the well-known security company, who apparently built the NFCU website, claiming trademark infringement and demanding that he take down the post. RSA was upset with the implication that the site was insecure, but rather than either fixing the problem or explaining why the site is actually safe (which they insist), they threaten Scott with a trademark claim because he has a small screenshot of the NFCU website. Doesn't that make you feel secure? Since when is RSA in the business of sweeping security concerns under the rug by threatening those who point out problems with a trademark infringement claim?
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Filed Under: security, trademark
Companies: navy federal credit union, rsa


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  1. identicon
    Fushta, 13 Aug 2009 @ 11:01am

    Re: A technical point

    Indeed. I think we all agree that the webmaster made a mistake. Mike is pointing out the improper reaction from RSA in going after the guy for trademark infingement.


    Is it being used for commercial purposes? nope


    Is it being used to trick people into thinking the RSA endorses the "exposer?" nope


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