Peace and Freedom


By Paul Carsten

BEIJING, April 2 (Reuters) – A Chinese Internet regulator on Thursday slammed as “unacceptable” a decision by Google Inc to no longer recognise its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.

Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer recognise the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) certificate authorities, following a joint investigation between the company and CNNIC into a potential security lapse last month.

That means that users of Google’s Chrome, the world’s top Internet browser, may get a warning when attempting to visit sites certified by CNNIC. It was not immediately clear how many websites CNNIC has certified and could yield warning messages.

 CNNIC, which plays a central role in administering China’s Internet by allocating and certifying IP addresses and web domain names, urged Google to consider user…

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