Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla ban Kazakhstan’s MitM HTTPS certificate

HTTPS certificate

Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla, have banned a root certificate used by the Kazakhstan government to intercept and decrypt HTTPS traffic for citizens of the country’s capital, Nur-Sultan.

Kazakh officials have been using the certificate since December 6, 2020, when they forced local internet service providers to block residents of Nur-Sultan from accessing foreign sites without a specific digital certificate from the government installed on their systems.

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While residents could access most foreign-hosted sites, they were blocked from accessing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, and Netflix, without the necessary certificate.

Kazakh officials justified their actions by saying they were carrying out a cybersecurity training exercise for telecoms, private companies, and government agencies.

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