RSA offer to replace tokens is weak if defense-industry attackers can make their own

RSA offers to replace tokens at Lockheed, L3, Northrup, following RSA breach in March

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The NYT ran estimates that more than 260 million people use RSA SecureID tokens, though that seems a high estimate for IDs that are in current, regular use.

Compared to that, replacing 45,000 that were directly affected is a pretty weak response.

With as much insider knowledge as they must have gained from the RSA breach, attackers with the kind of resources available to a foreign-national intelligence agency could do more than just clone a few electronic tokens.

It could reverse-engineer SecureID's lower-level code and build tools that would let them crack sites whose RSA tokens and security weren't part of the loot taken in March.

Replacing a few directly compromised IDs just isn't going to make enough of a difference.

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