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Source: Computer World UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Latest News A year ago nobody could have cared less about certificate authorities (CAs), a dull but critical part of Internet that makes it possible for web servers to authenticate themselves to other computers, including ordinary browsers, using SSL. But every year has its ‘threat nobody saw coming’ and in 2011 it has turned out to be SSL certificates pilfered on an almost industrial scale from companies that claimed to be in the business of issuing them securely.

From March onwards, a growing list of companies have had to admit that they have suffered serious attacks on their certificate infrastructure, leaving big cracks showing in a technology the Internet can’t really function without. In an uneasy and ill-defined way, the multi-billion dollar Secure Sockets Layer industry no longer seems to be the cosy security blanket everyone assumed it was.

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