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  • Symantec SSL certificates feature cryptography 10k times harder to break than RSA-bit key

    Posted February 13, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Symantec today began offering multi-algorithm SSL certificates for Web servers that go beyond traditional crypto to include what's known as the Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA), which the firm says will be 10,000 times harder to break than an RSA-bit key. Certificates are used to prove site identity to the visitor through a validation check that involves the user's browser and the site certificate, and Symantec is making the argument that authentication will happen faster using this particular ECC algorithm.
  • DigiNotar dies from certificate hack caper

    Posted September 21, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    DigiNotar, the Dutch company that was hacked earlier this summer by certificate thieves, has gone bust and shut down, its U.S.-based owner said.
  • DigiNotar certificate authority goes bankrupt

    Posted September 20, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    The theft of SSL certificates from Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar so undermined trust in the company that it has gone bankrupt.
  • Microsoft fixes SSL 'kill switch' blooper

    Posted September 19, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    Microsoft re-released an update today for Windows XP to correct a snafu that left users vulnerable to potential "man-in-the-middle" attacks for most of last week.
  • Symantec cloud-based service seeks out 'rogue certificates'

    Posted September 14, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Symantec this week introduced what it calls the Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center, a cloud-based service that works with an on-premises software component to keep track of SSL server certificates used by an organization.
  • Microsoft patches 15 bugs, nukes more SSL certificates

    Posted September 13, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    The company also dealt with more fallout from the June hack of DigiNotar by flipping the "kill switch" on SSL (secure socket layer) certificates issued by Dutch certificate authority, or CA.
  • Certificate hacker probably paid by Iran, say victimized firms

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    The CEO of Comodo, a certificate-issuing company hacked in March, is even more certain now that a wave of attacks against similar firms is backed by the Iranian government.
  • DigiNotar hacker threatens to expand spy attacks using stolen certificates

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    The hacker with links to several breaches of SSL certificate-issuing networks this year admitted sharing stolen certificates with others in Iran, and threatened to extend future spy-style attacks to computer users in the U.S., Europe and Israel.
  • Researcher raps Apple for not blocking stolen SSL certificates

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 6:56 am

    A security researcher criticized Apple for what he called "foot dragging" over the DigiNotar certificate fiasco, and urged the company to quickly update Mac OS X to protect users.
  • Get your money for nothing, get your certs for free

    Posted June 14, 2011 - 10:42 am

    A new SSL certificate authority squeezes so much overhead out of supplying certs that it plans to give them away starting next month and to continue at least through the end of the year.
  • VeriSign takes new tack with malware scanning and SSL certificates

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    VeriSign has begun offering free malware scanning services to customers that use its SSL certificates. The goal is to make sure those customers' Web sites aren't inadvertently hosting malware that could infect visitors.

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