Ted Cruz's New Presidential Campaign Donation Website Shares Security Certificate With Nigerian-Prince.com

from the feeling-safe-donating-yet? dept

Update: Yes, as lots of angry people are screaming at us (including with detailed explanations of how incredibly, unbelievably, astoundingly stupid I must be), this is a result of Cruz using Cloudflare, which lumps unrelated domains onto the same HTTPS certificate. And yes, Techdirt.com's certificate is hosted by Cloudflare also, and we share it with other domains as well. Feel free to continue to read the original story below and contribute to how stupid you think I am in the comments...

We're big believers in using HTTPS to secure websites (even if HTTPS certificates have their problems -- it's still better than the alternative). But there are pitfalls in setting up your certificate correctly as newly announced presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz apparently discovered this morning. Because along with his campaign launch speech (which was widely mocked by the Liberty University students who were forced to attend), he put up a website for donations. And that website didn't default to HTTPS and also listed nigerian-prince.com as an alternate domain on the security certificate, as first noted by the Twitter feed @PwnAllTheThings:
A few hours after this was first noticed, the Cruz campaign appears to have removed nigerian-prince.com from its certificate, but it still raises some questions about just who he has hired to build his websites. I guess that's what happens when even the technologists in your own party openly mock Ted Cruz's ignorance when it comes to technology issues like net neutrality.

Filed Under: donations, https, internet security, nigerian prince, presidential campaign, security, security certificates, ssl, ted cruz, tls


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 Mar 2015 @ 1:31pm

    Re: Land of the free ...

    Well it is a wingnut institute so they named the place using 1984 as a guide.
    Meaning it is both "Liberty" and "University"
    It would be better named as a right wing christian fundamentalist theocratic diploma-mill.
    For the liberty part. If you go there to study you need to follow a code conduct that prohibits (amongst many things) dancing or anything else that you could consider a social life, has a dress code for outside the university and allows for randomized drugs testing.
    As for the university part. If science contradicts the bible, science loses. Also the bible is literally true and staff have to sign a pledge to that effect when they get hired. They are mediocre in courses that don't clash with the bible and it goes to downright crazy the more established science contradicts the bible.

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