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[ NNSquad ] 90% of popular SSL sites vulnerable to exploits, researchers find

90% of popular SSL sites vulnerable to exploits, researchers find

http://j.mp/JCVIZ7  (ars technica)

  "Less than 10 percent of the most popular websites offering Secure
   Socket Layer protection are hardened against known attacks that could
   allow hackers to decrypt or tamper with encrypted traffic, researchers
   said Thursday.  The grim figure was generated by SSL Pulse, a website
   that monitors the effectiveness of the 200,000 most popular websites
   that use SSL, also known as Transport Layer Security, to protect
   e-mail and other sensitive data from being snooped on while in
   transit. The product of a group of SSL experts from Google, Twitter,
   PayPal, Qualys and other firms, SSL Pulse systematically scans all
   subdomains of the top-ranked sites as measured by Alexa for pages that
   use the protocol to prevent man-in-the-middle eavesdropping. By
   examining the top 200,000 SSL-enabled sites, the researchers aim to
   give a snapshot of the overall health of SSL protection, which is
   offered by an estimated 1.5 million sites in total."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
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