Chrome users in China trying to connect to different websites will soon be seeing a message that will advise them against proceeding further, claiming that the security certificate of the website is not trusted.
Google has planned to stop the recognition of all web security certificates by the CNNIC, which stands for China Internet network Information Centre, in a response to a recent security breach. These will include a number of websites relating to the government, e-commerce and also banking.
It was revealed and reported the previous week that the CNNIC had permitted MCS Holdings, an Egyptian company, for the issuing of digital certificates in order to prove on its behalf that a website is genuine. The process enabled other servers to copy genuine ones, making it possible to intercept the traffic to those sites. This resulted in several of the Google domains being left vulnerable, including Gmail, helping Google to take its decision.
The update has not yet been issued by Google so that the websites have the time to fetch replacement digital certificates.