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Dutch KPN Certificate Authority Breached

Nobody has yet claimed the attack

 Following Diginotar’s hack in September, another Dutch Certificate Authority has fallen victim to an attack. The CA, KPN, announced in a press release (in Dutch) that it has temporarily ceased releasing its certificates after discovering a DDoS tool on one of its servers. Although the tool may have been there for at least four years, the SSL certificates already issued remain valid.

Simultaneously, KPN has initiated an independent investigation involving experts from Logius, the digital government service of the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

So far, no individual or group involved in hacking activities has claimed responsibility, which leaves room for even more speculation. Chances are that in this case the attackers are interested in compromising the certificates while also keeping a low profile, unlike Diginotar’s hack when the security breach was politically motivated to some extent.

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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