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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    Dark Helmet (profile), 13 Aug 2009 @ 9:48am

    Yay for security

    Ok, first of all let me get this out of the way: if my last name was Jarkoff, I would have such an incredible amount of fun with it, it would be astounding. "Hey, Jarkoff, stop Jarking off..."

    Secondly, security has never been about being secure. I know, I'll take a moment while you read that again....got it? Ok, now here's what I mean: security firms in a plethora of specialties (airport security, malware security, bank security, etc.) aren't there PRIMARILY to keep things secure, they're primarily there to create the ILLUSION of security.

    Part of that means doing some real securty work: scanning bags, releasing zero-day pathes, carrying guns in the bank. However, you'll notice that none of that stops the determined criminal. Drug traffickers, weapons, and terrorists still make it on the plane. Malware is still relatively effective in infecting computers. Banks still get robbed with a frequency that would probably surprise the hell out of most people.

    But we fly. We visit websites. We put our money in banks.

    So no worries, little sheeple. Trust the establishment: you're safe.

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