Hackers Targeting Certificate Authorities
Probably the most disturbing data breaches of 2011 saw security companies themselves come under determined and sustained attacks. RSA and DigiNotar both fell victim to hackers, sending shockwaves through the security community. And only weeks into the new year we have had the belated announcement that VeriSign – another trusted third-party certificate authority - has been hacked and data breached.
These organizations know that they are high-value targets and take extraordinary measures to protect themselves, and yet they are still successfully attacked and breached despite these best efforts.