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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    NotFromToronto (profile), 13 Aug 2009 @ 12:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: A technical point

    I work for a large financial services company. I can assure you that having the login page under SSL is more than just a good idea... it's an absolute requirement.

    The problem with an initial page has nothing to do with where it is supposed to post it's contents to. The problem is that because it is sent unsecured, the contents could be altered in-flight, and the posting destination could be changed. If done well, the customer doesn't even know his account details have been compromised.

    Shameful way to deal with this from RSA.

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