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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

Soon, one of the most important cryptographic key pairs on the internet will be changed for the first time.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the US-based non-profit responsible for various internet infrastructure tasks, will change the key pair that creates the first link in a long chain of cryptographic trust that lies underneath the Domain Name System, or DNS, the “phone book” of the internet.

This key ensures that when web users try to visit a website, they get sent to the correct address. Without it, many internet users could be directed to imposter sites crafted by hackers, such as phishing websites designed to steal information.

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http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-encryption-key-that-secures-the-web-is-being-changed-for-the-first-time?trk_source=homepage-lede

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