Stephen Colbert Rips NSA, Mt. Gox, Snowden in RSA Speech (Video)

As Reuters reported last year, computer security company RSA allegedly struck a secret $10 million deal to give the National Security Agency a “back door” into its encryption products. Time for some jokes!

In addition to organizing a rival conference, TrustyCon, to protest the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, security and privacy advocates called on many of the speakers to back out, and many did. But comedian Stephen Colbert chose to go forward with his speech on Friday, and got in some good jokes at just about everyone’s expense.

“I looked at the signatures on the online petition, then I looked at the signature — my signature — on the bottom of the contract saying I’d be here today, and my conscience was clear, as long as the check clears,” Colbert said. “Well, it’s not actually a check. They gave me a bitcoin voucher from Mt. Gox, and I’m sure it’s going to be fine.”

He also cheekily dismissed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one of whose documents was credited with the RSA “back door” revelation.

via Stephen Colbert Rips NSA, Mt. Gox, Snowden in RSA Speech (Video) | Re/code.

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