Major security firm: Avoid NSA-linked algorithm
It is now widely understood, based on Edward Snowden's leaks, that the government had standard encryption algorithms intentionally weakened to provide a backdoor for NSA surveillance.
Essentially confirming these reports in the strongest possible terms, RSA Security -- the network security firm borne of the same creators of the RSA public key cryptography algorithm -- warned its developer customers to avoid using the widely implemented, NSA-weakened algorithm (known as Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generation, or "Dual EC DRBG").
In its advisory, RSA said that all versions of RSA BSAFE Toolkits, including all versions of Crypto-C ME, Micro Edition Suite, Crypto-J, Cert-J, SSL-J, Crypto-C, Cert-C, SSL-C were affected.
In addition, all versions of RSA Data Protection Manager (DPM) server and clients were affected as well.