Did The Iranian Gov't Try To Create A Massive Man-In-The-Middle Attack With Faked Certificates?
from the getting-sophisticated dept
A few months back, we talked about how the Tunisian government tried to do a massive hack on Facebook to access the communications of protesters and activists. It looks like the Iranian government tried to do something similar, figuring out a way to get bogus SSL certificates for Google, Yahoo, Skype and others, which would have allowed the government to set up a man-in-the-middle type attack to get passwords and access otherwise "encrypted" content. While this was discovered, it does suggest the levels that some governments will go to in order to spy on users online. More importantly, it highlights some of the serious problems with the certificate authority model of trust and security online. So here's the big question: how do we prevent these types of things from happening?