Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » D »

DigiNotar

A Dutch Certificate Authority (CA) that issues SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and EVSSL (Extended Validation) certificates, which help to ensure the websites visited by users when Web browsing are authentic rather than fake websites masquerading as legitimate sites. In July 2011, DigiNotar was hacked by a certificate bandit, which was able to issue fraudulent certificates through the company for a fake Google web site as well as several dozen other sites.

As a certificate authority, DigiNotar plays a critical role in data security and electronic commerce by providing an independent "trusted third party" guarantee that the website and the person interacting and exchanging information with the website are really who they claim to be. Following DigiNotar's issuance of fraudulent certificates in 2011, Google, Mozilla and Microsoft all revoked the company's authority to vouch for its certificates as a trusted third party, and in September of 2011 the Dutch government announced that it would be switching to a different certification authority.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
DID YOU KNOW?
Who's Moving Ahead in Cloud Computing?

The future remains, well, cloudy. But either way: Amazon, look out. Microsoft is gaining fast. Read More »

Hype Versus Action in the Developer's World

Often times technologies start as hype but with time become adopted. As a developer or technologist, it is worth reading the hype and knowing the... Read More »

Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization Q&A

The top 5 Hyper-V questions with answers provided by Nirmal Sharma, a MCSEx3, MCITP and Microsoft MVP in Directory Services. Read More »

QUICK REFERENCE
How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Read More »

Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends

Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »

15 Important Big Data Facts for IT Professionals

Keeping track of big data trends, research and statistics gives IT professionals  a solid foundation to plan big data projects. Here are 15... Read More »