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
    Keven Sutton, 13 Aug 2009 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: A technical point

    As far as a User perspective of security, yes; the appearance of security is very important.

    From the other side though, as a bit of a I.T. security specialist (mostly a hobby) There needs to be some substance behind that perceived security. You can create the Illusion of security, but if you try to monetize that illusion it might be successful for a very short period, but will have no long term profitability. If you have High Security and the Illusion of Insecurity, you'll have to fight against people's concepts that you are a poor security solution. (see many open source security solutions, the best thing out there, but because you can see the source code managers who have little understanding of the programs themselves think that they are inherently more insecure.)

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