Dutch Government Accuses Iranian Computer Hackers of Spying

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Netherlands is accusing Iranian computer hackers of spying on hundreds of thousands of Iranian internet users.

A Dutch government report Monday alleges that the Iranian hackers broke into a Dutch computer security firm and stole computer security certificates.

A legitimate security certificate guarantees that a website is secure and that the communications will remain private. A fake certificate means a hacker is spying on the user and stealing passwords.

Iran has not yet responded to the Dutch report.

Young Iranians used social networks to spread the word about the anti-government protests that erupted after the 2009 presidential election.