[cryptography] OT: Dutch Government: Websites' Safety Not Guaranteed

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 19:13:39 EDT 2011


The Dutch government said Saturday it cannot guarantee the security of
its own websites, days after the private company it uses to
authenticate them admitted it was hacked. An official also said the
government was taking over the company's operations.

The announcement affects millions of people who use the Netherlands'
government's online services and rely on the authenticator, DigiNotar,
to confirm they are visiting the correct sites. To date, however there
have been no reports of anyone's identity being stolen or security
otherwise breached.


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