Spoofed certificates traced back to Iran

While not strictly a “journalism” issue this is easily a freedom of speech and expression issue.

Wired Magazine reports that a hacker — traced back to Iran — obtained legitimate web certificates for some of the top sites on the Internet. What that means is the hacker could set up fake pages for Google and Yahoo. A visitor’s browser would have accepted the certificate, giving the hacker access to the visitor’s information.

Hack Obtains 9 Bogus Certificates for Prominent Websites; Traced to Iran

The government of Iran, like any other dictatorship, is mindful of how the Internet can be used to subvert it. That is why Iran has poured a lot of money and effort into controlling the Internet within its borders and using the Internet to track down Iranian dissidents outside the country.

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