September 6, 2011 | Digital Security


This is a little technical, but it affects your ability to access secure sites without anybody seeing what you’re doing.

DigiNotar, a Dutch provider of SSL certificates, has been hacked, and hacked well and good. The hackers then created rogue SSL certificates, which can be used to impersonate actual, well-known websites, like

The total number of compromised domains is now an amazing 531 (yes, five hundred thirty-one). That includes Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Skype, Twitter, Tor, WordPress, the CIA, Mossad, MI6, and others. The Dutch government also said it couldn’t guarantee the security of its own government sites.

What to do about it

There’s something built into the secure certificates system which is supposed to mitigate the harm done in situations like this: certificate revocation. When a certificate authority (an issuer of SSL certificates) finds out that its certs have been compromised, it can issue a revocation notice.

Browsers are supposed to check for such notices before using a certificate. (In Google Chrome, there’s an option “Check for revocations”.) Theoretically, all should be fine, since DigiNotar has revoked the certificate.

But browser distributors have also done some updates of their own so that users of the latest browser versions will get a warning if they try to visit a site signed with a DigiNotar certificate.

So be sure you’re using the latest browser version.


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Wikipedia has a good overview

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