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Significant portion of HTTPS Web connections made by forged certificates

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 07:32 PM


Computer scientists have uncovered direct evidence that a small but significant percentage of encrypted Web connections are established using forged digital certificates that aren't authorized by the legitimate site owner.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:43 PM

I have noticed that the small number of https: websites which are blocked by my browser appears to have gone up. The most recent is, surprisingly,  https://www.dnsleaktest.com. Firefox announces that "This Connection is Untrusted". ( I would avoid clicking on that URL unless you are confident that your browser will recognise sites whose identity can't be verified). It could be simply an error, but it's interesting that many who look at that site will be users of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN.  (Personally, I don't use VPN, but DNS leak test sites are quite good at telling you which DNS server you are actually using.)

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