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Apr 12, 2001

Apple has teamed up with Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to block a web browser root certificate that was being used by the Kazakhstan government to surveil its citizens.

The certificate allowed authorities to monitor people's online activity by intercepting and decrypting HTTPS traffic from residents in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

Local ISPs were required to block foreign websites including Google and Twitter, unless users had the certificate installed, but Apple and the other browser makers on Friday acted in unison to ban the certificate, according to ZDNet.

Since the ban, Chrome, Edge, Mozilla, and Safari refuse to work with the certificate, and the browsers throw up error messages to users who installed it, telling them the certificate can't be used because it isn't trustworthy.

As ZDNet notes, this is the second time the four browser makers have banned a certificate issued by the Kazakh government for man-in-the-middle attacks. The first block came in August 2019, and acted to prevent a certificate used to intercept traffic for various Russian and English-speaking social media sites.

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Article Link: Apple and Other Browser Makers Ban Kazakhstan HTTPS Certificate Used to Surveil Citizens


macrumors 68000
Sep 22, 2014
Unfortunately not. But I can’t blame Cook, he would be fired if he pissed off China and quickly replaced with somebody who is willing to follow every single one of China’s demands.
That’s an incredibly fair point.
We have no idea what being on that seat entails and how much wiggle room there is to make a dent without losing the head in the process.
I mean, for sure he is not waking up in the morning thinking “I’m going to make a lot of people unhappy today”.


macrumors 65816
Sep 24, 2014
Or maybe China is unhappy about not being able to spy on Kazakhs so they asked Big Tech to counter whatever they put in place and wrap it in a humanitarian gesture.
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Mar 21, 2011
Crafty.... Dam governments. They just choose not to adapt, so they try and exterminate instead.

We need a big can of fly spray.


Jul 31, 2011
This seems pretty simple. Tell them they will support this feature or all property in our country is relinquished to the government, and your products will be banned. Doesn’t sound like they were seeking counsel.
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