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Indian Govt probing unauthorised digital certificates issued by NICCA

The government is looking into the issue of unauthorized certificates issued by the National Informatics Centre Certifying Authority (NICCA) of India, reports PTI. Department of Electronics and Information Technology secretary RS Sharma told the publication that Certifying Authority (CA) is now taking appropriate steps, under the guidance of the CCA (Controller of Certifying Authorities). However, he hasn't disclosed any specific details on this. Indian CCA had previously launched an internal investigation into the issue of unauthorized certificates to Google domains by the National Informatics Centre Certifying Authority (NICCA) of India, after Google had raised this issue earlier this month. Microsoft also mentioned it was aware of improperly issued SSL certificates. CCA issues licenses and regulates the working of subordinate Certifying Authorities, which in turn issues digital certificates for electronic authentication of users. These digital certificates allow a person, computer or organisation to securely exchange information over the internet. Digital certificates works like an e-ID, and is supposed to be forgery resistant. The information on these certificates can be verified. It contains certificate holder's name, a serial number, expiration dates, a copy of certificate holder's public key (used for encrypting messages and digital signatures) and digital signature of the CA. After this incident came to light, a note on the CCA website had said that three CA Certificates issued to NICCA have been suspended due to security reasons and the corresponding CRLs have been updated for this purpose. On July 9, India CCA had apparently informed Google that NIC’s issuance process was compromised and that only four certificates were…

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