Hackers steal SSL certificates for CIA, MI6, Mossad


By Greg Keizer
Computer World
September 5, 2011

The tally of digital certificates stolen from a Dutch company in July has exploded to more than 500, including ones for intelligence services like the CIA, the U.K.’s MI6 and Israel’s Mossad, a Mozilla developer said Sunday.

The confirmed count of fraudulently-issued SSL (secure socket layer) certificates now stands at 531, said Gervase Markham, a Mozilla developer who is part of the team that has been working to modify Firefox to blocks all sites signed with the purloined certificates.

Among the affected domains, said Markham, are those for the CIA, MI6, Mossad, Microsoft, Yahoo, Skype, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft’s Windows Update service.

“Now that someone (presumably from Iran) has obtained a legit HTTPS cert for CIA.gov, I wonder if the US gov will pay attention to this mess,” Christopher Soghoian, a Washington D.C.-based researcher noted for his work on online privacy, said in a tweet Saturday.

Soghoian was referring to assumptions by many experts that Iranian hackers, perhaps supported by that country’s government, were behind the attack. Google has pointed fingers at Iran, saying that attacks using an ill-gotten certificate for google.com had targeted Iranian users.

All the certificates were issued by DigiNotar, a Dutch issuing firm that last week admitted its network had been hacked in July.

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2 Responses

  1. BlurT says:

    “Google has pointed fingers at Iran”

    WHohoho HO who started the “cyber” war?

    israeli + google

    Now they have what they want…just a lot more trouble

    Also in the weeks befor the terrorattacks in Norway israel asked google facebook twitter to get rid of more than ten million accounts of Opposition.

    in the year befor the Genocideattack at the Palestines israel managed to get rid of all Opposition in the Western World by having Them persecuted as rightwing and antisemite and such.

  2. Patti Simmons says:

    Of course it would be IRAN. This is the newest government to be targeted for demolition. Listen, I don’t like the Iranian leader AT ALL however this is a systematic destruction of Middle East governments. I’m waiting to see when everybody starts eyeing South America.

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