September 21, 2011
DigiNotar Granted Bankruptcy After Security Breach
VASCO Data Security International said on Tuesday that its Internet security company DigiNotar was granted a bankruptcy filing by a Dutch judge.
A court in Haarlem in the western Netherlands granted the filing after DigiNotar's servers were apparently breached by an Iranian hacker in July.
VASCO said in a statement that the court appointed a bankruptcy trustee to manage the liquidation of DigiNotar.
"Although we are saddened by this action and the circumstances that necessitated it, we would like to remind our customers and investors that the incident at DigiNotar has no impact on VASCO's core authentication technology," it said.
The hacker claimed he falsified 531 Internet security certificates at DigiNotar in July.
The false Internet security certificates (SSLs) were used in an attempt to spy on Google users in Iran.
Dutch news agency ANP said that the company has about 50 employees.
"We are working to quantify the damages caused by the hacker´s intrusion into DigiNotar's system and will provide an estimate of the range of losses as soon as possible," VASCO executive vice president Cliff Bown said in a statement.
Companies like Apple Inc. took action after the July incident by issuing a patch on their Mac OS X software to remove the Dutch certificate issuer from their trusted providers.
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, sent a warning to certificate authorities earlier this month and said they had until September 16 to ensure that their security had not been compromised.
The hacker, who identified himself as "Comodohacker", claimed responsibility for the attack. He is a 21-year-old Iranian student and claimed the attack was to punish the Dutch government for the 1995 deaths of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
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