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Google catches French finance ministry pretending to be google

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posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 06:51 PM
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It seems the French ministry is spying on its employees by creating fake certificates and fooling the employees to hand over personal, perhaps, sensitive information over the internet unknowingly.



"The incident, which was probably a case of the French finance ministry going overboard in its efforts to monitor employee activities, provides a timely reminder of how certificates are the weak point in online security."



Browsers use such certificates to verify that a web service is what it says it is, and creating a fake certificate can allow an attacker to impersonate a service like Google, duping the user into handing over personal information. This is known as a man-in-the-middle attack – it’s been used by the NSA, and is probably that agency’s chief weapon in circumventing industry-standard TLS/SSL web encryption.


Full story:

gigaom.com...

I thought this might be of interest to some.




posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 07:05 PM
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I am more concerned about Google than a copy cat.

Peace



posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 07:15 PM
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jude11
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I am more concerned about Google than a copy cat.

Peace

Yep!
Google is NOT your friend.



posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 08:06 PM
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Agreed....but I'm thinking about how many other copy cat offices and companies are doing the same thing as this ministry and how to control the fake fabrications of the certificates. All know google is no nice guy...they just don't like anyone else doing the spying



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