Three thousand Dutch sites still use Symantec certificates




Three thousand Dutch websites still use Symantec certificates, despite the announcement that Google with version 70 of Chrome is blocking these certificates, giving visitors a warning. That is what the Open State Foundation claims after research.

The organization shared its results with the NOS . Large companies such as Ekoplaza, LOI and supermarket Emté are among the owners of the websites. The public sector involves 189 sites, including those of the municipalities of Zutphen and Heemskerk. Other examples are Buma Stemra and NS International’s customer service page. According to the NOS, two pages of news agency ANP were also taken, which are often used by journalists. A spokesman said he was not aware of the development, but stated that the certificates would be replaced on Monday evening.

It has been known for a long time that Google, among other things, would have given up the trust in Symantec certificates, the company warned about half a year ago that action was required by site owners. The final step in that process, the definitive blocking of certificates issued by Symantec, takes place at the release of Chrome 70. That version must be released in the course of Tuesday. Google’s decision is that Symantec had incorrectly issued certificates for sites. The company that took over the certificate component from Symantec last year , called DigiCert, replaces the affected certificates without any costs.

Firefox developer Mozilla recently announced its decision to permanently withdraw trust in Symantec certificates because too many sites would still use it. Google remained silent about any delay. With the release of Chrome 70, visitors to the affected sites will therefore receive a warning. Microsoft and Apple are also withdrawing their trust in Symantec certificates.


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