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In a victory for Google, Mozilla has said it would follow Google Inc and no longer recognize new certificates of trust issued by a Chinese Internet agency.
Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are among the world’s most widely used browsers, and the moves could disturb users accessing a broad range of Chinese web sites.
As a result of Mozilla’s step, users of Firefox may get a warning when attempting to visit sites by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the body that administers China’s internet by allocating and certifying IP addresses and web domain names.
CNNIC had issued a statement calling Google’s move unacceptable and unintelligible and asked the web giant to consider its users’ interests.
Zhang Jing, a representative of CNNIC’s media relations department, could not be contacted for its comments.
Mozilla and Google have both objected to CNNIC delegating its authority to issue certificates to an Egyptian company called MCS Holdings. The company attributed a security lapse that took place on a test network to human error.
Internet authorities around the world issue certificates of trust to websites to verify their authenticity when visited by a web browser. Google and Mozilla have said they would allow CNNIC to reapply so its certificates could be recognized again.
It may be mentioned Chrome is the world’s most popular desktop and tablet browser, with nearly 50% share, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has nearly 18% compared to Firefox at 16.9%, according Statcounter.