May 25, 2013 | 01:48 PM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
Experts suspect Iran involvement in Dutch hacking
Hackers who broke into a web security firm issued hundreds of bogus security certificates for spy agency websites including the CIA as well as for Internet giants like Google, Microsoft and Twitter, the Dutch government said Monday.
Information Technology experts say they suspect the hackers were probably cooperating with the Iranian government, and hundreds of thousands of private communications between Iranian Internet users and Google were likely monitored in August.
Roel Schouwenberg of Internet security firm Kaspersky said Monday night that the incident could have a larger political impact than Stuxnet - a computer worm discovered in July 2010 which targeted Siemens industrial software and equipment running on Microsoft Windows.
"A government operation is the most plausible scenario" he added.
The latest versions of browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are now rejecting certificates issued by the firm that was hacked, DigiNotar.
In a statement Monday, the Dutch government released findings that greatly expand the scope of the hacking attack that DigiNotar first acknowledged last week. External IT experts reviewing DigiNotar's computer systems said the hack may have begun in June, not July as DigiNotar had previously asserted.
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