Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DigiNotar: Intruder issued fake certificates

Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar revealed that the fake Google certificates signed by them were due to an intrusion into their system. The didn't give any details on how this was done.

I would assume the attacker didn't physically enter DigiNotar's facilities but instead accessed their network through the Internet. If so, this is yet another case of a security system being breached because the owner did not keep highly sensitive assets properly segregated from computers with access to the open internet.  RSA are not alone.

Or as Randall Munroe of XKCD puts it:

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