The ministry said Monday that Internet security specialist company Fox-IT released a report noting that hackers in July falsified 531 Internet security certificates, also known as SSLs, through Dutch company DigiNotar.
SSL certificates are used to verify to visitors that a particular website is authentic and are issued by DigiNotar and other firms known as Certification Authorities. Internet users whose browsers are fooled by a false certificate could unwittingly reveal their activity to another party in what is known as a “man-in-the-middle attack.”
According to Fox-IT, a number of the DigiNotar’s servers were hacked and false certificates issued to websites not only that of Skype, Google, Twitter and Facebook, but also websites belonging to spy agencies the Central Intelligence Agency and and Israel’s Mossad.
“It wouldn’t surprise me in the end if it turns out that the Iranian government is behind it and is trying to get information it normally couldn’t have, such as that from dissidents,” Hans van de Looy, an expert at computer security specialist Madison Gurkha, told AFP.
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