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07 September 2011, 15:07

GlobalSign suspend issuing SSL certificates

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GlobalSign logo After the alleged hacker of Comodo and DigiNotar made a claim that he had access to four other "high profile CAs" and named GlobalSign as one of them, GlobalSign has announced that it has decided to suspend issuing of SSL certificates while it investigates the claim. The claim was made in a pastebin message from "comodohacker" who offered the username and password of DigiNotar's network as proof of his identity; DigiNotar have yet to confirm this information.

"As a responsible CA, we have decided to temporarily cease issuance of all Certificates until the investigation is complete" said the GlobalSign press release. According to NetCraft, GlobalSign is estimated to be the fifth largest SSL certificate authority, but, according to that same Netcraft survey, it only holds 1.76% of the market compared with Verisign's 47.52%, Go Daddy's 23.42% or Comodo's 15.44%.

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