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  • New SSL server rules go into effect Nov. 1

    Posted July 25, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Public certificate authorities (CAs) are warning that as of Nov. 1 they will reject requests for internal SSL server certificates that don't conform to new internal domain naming and IP address conventions designed to safeguard networks.
  • What's lurking in your network? Find out by decrypting SSL

    Posted January 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Organizations have spent vast sums of money on security systems and, when deployed and operated correctly, they play a key role in safeguarding the organization. However, most systems have one critical dependency: The traffic flowing through must be readable.
  • Wayward security certificates raise question of SSL reliability

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 11:39 am

    As consumers, we've been taught to trust the padlock icon that appears on the address bar of our browsers. We're told it's a sign our communication with a website is safe. But an incident this week involving Google and a Turkish security company belies that notion.
  • Father of SSL, Dr. Taher Elgamal, finds fast-moving IT projects in the Middle East

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Often called the "father of SSL" due to his role as a cryptographer at Netscape Communications where in the mid-'90s he helped bring SSL encryption to the Web, Dr. Taher Elgamal now travels the Middle East as an IT consultant and project coordinator for business and government there.
  • Microsoft: Stolen SSL certs can't be used to install malware via Windows Update

    Posted September 5, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Microsoft said that a digital certificate stolen from a Dutch company could not be used to force-feed customers malware through its Windows Update service.
  • Hackers steal SSL certificates for CIA, MI6, Mossad

    Posted September 4, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    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.
  • With SSL, who can you really trust?

    Posted August 18, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    SSL, the encryption scheme that protects virtually all secure online transactions, requires that users rely on trusted third parties, but what if they can't be trusted?
  • 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.
  • The rising use of SSL raises new risks

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:24 am

    As more applications employ Secure Sockets Layer encryption, a certain amount of traffic visibility is lost, making it more challenging to vet those bits for viruses, worms, and other malicious payloads.
  • Low-cost SSL proxy could bring cheaper, faster security; defeat threats like Firesheep

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Researchers have found a cheaper, faster way to process SSL/TLS with off-the-shelf hardware, a development that could let more Web sites shut down cyber threats posed by the likes of the Firesheep hijacking tool.
  • SSL flaw could have been used to hack Twitter

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 11:38 am

    A flaw in the protocol used to secure communications over the Internet could have been used to hack Twitter accounts, according to an IBM security researcher.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer SSL security hole lingers

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 3:58 pm

    A Microsoft Internet Explorer weakness in its SSL implementation leaves an opening for attackers to steal information being sent via SSL. Apple's Safari for Windows browser has same problem but Safari for Mac, Firefox and Opera have fixed the trouble.
  • SSL is a Security Blind spot

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    According to study from Netcraft, the number of websites using SSL encryption has risen by nearly 40% in the last year, and now totals well over two million. In addition to the obvious applications ...

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