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Comodohacker Compromises Certificate Authority DigiNotar

When you are banking online, you assume your data is secure.

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You see the lock symbol at the top of your browser and the "https" at the beginning of the Web address and you also assume that the website is what it says it is.

That is because any website involved in e-commerce has to get a Certificate of Authority, which is issued by a network of Certificate Providers around the world.

So, it was a bit disturbing to learn that recently, a Dutch provider of Certificates of Authority, called DigiNotar by hacked by a man claiming to be from Iran.

He is known as Comdohacker and DigiNotar ended up handing out more than 200 fake certificates of authority to Comodohacker for sites like Google, the CIA and Yahoo.

Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to Danny O'Brien who is following the story of Comodo hacker for The Committee to Protect Journalists.

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