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Apple: Internet Explorer? Never heard of it

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 23, 2014
Apple on Tuesday told browser users to pay attention to warnings of insecure digital certificates after reports of a "man-in-the-middle" attack against in China was revealed earlier in the week.

Also today, China's Foreign Ministry denied that the government was behind the attacks, and instead implied that the man-in-middle attacks had been conducted by rogue hackers, as opposed to those employed by authorities. " 'Wild guesses and malicious blemish' will not help solve cyber issues," a ministry spokeswoman said, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Like other top browsers, IE warns users when it encounters an insecure digital certificate. "The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address," IE cautions users. "Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server."

"If users get an invalid certificate warning in their browser while visiting, they should pay attention to the warning and not proceed," Apple advised. "Users should never enter their Apple ID or password into a website that presents a certificate warning."


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