Birth certificates being revised for same-sex couples’ kids

More than a year after West Virginia officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, state birth certificates for adopted children still list “mother” and “father” next to the blanks for the parents’ names. Unlike other states that are resisting changing the certificates, the West Virginia Department of Health and…

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Self-signed SSL certificates can be secure

Given the recent problems with SSL certificates provided by third party companies, one has to wonder why we place all this trust in these vendors. We allow them to process and produce “trusted” certificates for our websites, but in the end even Google, Microsoft and state and federal governments are…

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Mozilla asking CAs to revoke SSL-spying certificates

Mozilla plans to ask all certificate authorities to review their subordinate CA certificates and revoke those that could be used by companies to inspect SSL-encrypted traffic for domain names they don’t control. The plan, for which details are still being worked out, is Mozilla’s response to Trustwave’s recent claim that…

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Managing X.509 certificates by spreadsheet risky, says Gartner

Poor management of the X.509 certificates that underpin SSL security could explain a growing number of mysterious system outages, a Gartner report has suggested. The biggest problem is simply the number of certificates which many businesses find themselves using for e-commerce and machine-to-machine communication which according to Gartner many still…

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