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Flame crypto attack was very hard to pull off

In December 2008, at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, an international team of security researchers that included Sotirov presented a practical MD5 collision attack that allowed them to obtain a rogue CA certificate signed by VeriSign-owned RapidSSL.

The attack was significant because it showed for the first time that until further notice one of the known theoretical MD5 collision techniques could be used in practice to defeat the security of the HTTPS protocol. To pull off the attack, the researchers used computing power generated by a cluster of 200 PlayStation 3s.

The creators of the Flame cyber-espionage malware used a similar attack to obtain a rogue digital certificate that allowed them to sign code as Microsoft. The certificate was used to distribute Flame to targeted computers as an official Windows update.

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More information: Pcadvisor.co