Saturday, September 10, 2011

Google Prompts Iranian Users to Re-Secure Their Gmail Accounts


After a certificate verification authority in the Netherlands was compromised, Iranian Google users became vulnerable to phishing, spying, and other cyber-attacks. Google is urging users to re-secure their Gmail accounts immediately.

The Fall of DigiNotar

DigiNotar, a Dutch root certificate authority, was compromised last week. This made users vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that could intercept usernames, passwords, and other personal data.

While 531 certificates were affected – including those belonging to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Facebook, and Twitter – the vulnerabilities only crop up for users in specific regions.
The most vulnerable region in this attack is Iran. In the aftermath of DigiNotar being compromised, Google has issued a warning to Iranian users. While Google notes that the Chrome users should be protected, the company nevertheless urges users to re-secure their account.
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