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Digital Certificate company represents high value target for hackers

Venafi : 06 September, 2011  (Technical Article)
Holland Advices Against Use Of Online Services After Attack on Digital Certificate Authority During the Weekend
Digital Certificate company represents high value target for hackers
Last week it was found that DigiNotar, a Dutch Certificate Authority (CA), had issued a rogue SSL certificate for “*.google.com”. Hackers apparently used the fraudulent certificate to intercept Iranian users’ email, among other items. The attack went undetected by the users because their browsers trusted the DigiNotar certificate. A third-party trust provider represents an extremely high value target for hackers. Once an attacker can access and steal trust credentials, they can commit various cyber-criminal acts in pursuit of their own nefarious agenda.

Over the past weekend Government helplines in The Netherlands have been open all weekend to answer questions from anyone who uses the Internet for sending confidential information to government departments, their advice is that people should not use online services until further notice!
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