Dutch government: Websites’ safety not guaranteed

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AMSTERDAM (AP) ? The Netherlands says it cannot guarantee the security of its government websites following a hacking attack.

The Interior Ministry stopped short Saturday of warning users not to visit government sites, but says they should heed security warnings from their Web browsers or the sites themselves.

DigiNotar, a private company used by the Dutch government to authenticate websites as valid, recently acknowledged it was hacked in July. The hack compromised security certificates that guarantee private communication between a user’s browser and a website.

Browsers such as Google’s Chrome now issue warnings to people who try visiting sites that use Diginotar.

Experts suspect Iran’s government launched the hack to spy on dissidents using Google email.