DigiNotar, a Dutch IT firm and one of the largest website certificate producers online, had their system compromised last week, according to Reuters. The 300,000 affected users are primarily located in Iran, giving skeptics reason that the proported hacker, or hackers, are from Iran – even the Iranian government.
The 531 phony website certificates affect some of the most well known websites such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Facebook, and Twitter. Although 90% of all affected users are in the Iranian region, it is highly recommended to change your passwords immediately, if you have accessed any of the above websites.
A website certificate, also known as an SSL certificate is used by websites who collect private information from users, such as bank websites and most social media websites.