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State-run SSL certificate authorities make Congress nervous about web security

Ian Paul | June 11, 2015
Congress is losing sleep over the possibility other nations could endanger web security, and now it wants the four major browser makers to weigh in. The House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce recently sent letters to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla with questions about how the backbone of HTTPS security could be violated.

Congress also isn't convinced that blacklisting would stop rogue certificates from being issued by a government-run CA. Thus, the idea to restrict the type of legitimate certificates that a CA could issue.

The browser makers have until Tuesday, June 23 to respond to Congress' letter. We'll have to see what the browser makers say in the coming weeks and whether Congress will (or even can) act on its concerns.  


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