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Along with Microsoft and Mozilla, Google and Apple have blocked a spy certificate on their browsers, which the Kazakh authorities started enforcing on users in December 2020. It helps the government to monitor all internet traffic, even if the installation is complete, the developers recommended not to install it or use VPN services. It was created the same way.
Boycott by Monitoring Users
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla objected to the Kazakh authorities’ decision to track all, including encrypted, traffic of the country’s people and visitors. Officials want to monitor all people’s activities on the Internet and, if consumers fail to cooperate, threaten to restrict connections to international network services.
As a cybersecurity exercise for government departments, telephone providers and private companies, the Kazakh government has clarified its attempts to intercept HTTPS traffic. They pointed to the fact that during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, cyberattacks targeting the “Kazakhstani segment of the Internet” increased 2.7 times.
IT firms’ advice
Engadget writes that citizens and visitors of Kazakhstan who have complied with the obligation of the authorities to install their certificates will see an error message on their gadget screen as they attempt to enter the Internet via Safari, Chrome, Edge and Firefox. It will warn you that it is not possible to trust the installed certificate. If users will be able to circumvent this warning and access sites according to the developers’ advice is not yet understood.
Mozilla has released a warning reminding all its users of the risks of a Kazakhstani certificate being mounted. Mozilla, Google, Apple and Microsoft are recommended by anyone who downloads it to go online via a VPN provider to discourage officials from monitoring their traffic or downloading a stable Tor browser. Downloading the Opera browser, which has such a service by chance, is the easiest way to use a VPN on a system infected with a certificate (activated in the settings, does not require authorization, works in incognito tabs).
How did the authorities in Kazakhstan break up the Internet?
Kazakh authorities have also sought to compel residents to have the credential built in 2019. No one had heard of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the time, though, and the authorities were attempting to encourage people to meet their “request” ostensibly to protect them from cyber attacks and illicit material.
The certificate delivery scheme was similar – the operators told their customers of the need to install the certificate in SMS messages and gave them a direct connection to download it. In July 2019, the mass mailing began, and it took browser developers around a month to react at that point.
Only in August 2019, Google and Mozilla actively criticized the Government of Kazakhstan’s proposal, blocked the credential in Chrome and Firefox and warned users about the risk it faces. For starters, Google has included it in the Certificate Revocation List (CRLSets), according to the ArsTechnica portal, which is used in the Chrome browser to easily block certificates in emergency situations. In addition, at the time, Google claimed that’ the certificate would be blacklisted in the source code of Chromium and should therefore be used in other browsers based on it.’
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For years, the leadership of Kazakhstan has nurtured plans to monitor all the web traffic of people and guests of the region. It all began in the fall of 2015, but not with another protection permit, but with regulations shifting to a degree.
Officials introduced changes to the Law on Communications of Kazakhstan, according to which, from the beginning of 2016, telecommunications providers were required to ‘execute traffic transfers using encryption-supporting protocols using a security certificate, with the exception of traffic encrypted by means of cryptographic information authentication within the territories of the Republic.’ The authorities planned to schedule the first certificate for delivery by December 2015 at the latest, but for unexplained reasons, this strategy failed. As a result, the country’s notion of absolute power was delayed for 3.5 years, until July 2019.