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Google and Mozilla will block the Kazakhstan government security certificate. Authorities accused of spying on citizens

The certificate allowed to intercept encrypted data.

Developers of Google browsers and Mozilla Firefox will block the work of the government security certificate, which was downloaded by Kazakh citizens. According to VICE, companies opposed surveillance in any form.

The creators of browsers said that the certificate allows you to intercept data and passwords of 18 million citizens of Kazakhstan.

We will not allow any organization to compromise the personal data of Chrome users, whether it be a state or commercial structure. We will implement protection against this certificate and will always take appropriate measures for residents around the world.Paris TabrizGoogle CTO

Mozilla Firefox developers also emphasized that security concerns are a top priority for the company.

On July 18, mobile operators began sending out notifications to the residents of Kazakhstan about the mandatory installation of a special security certificate on computers and mobile devices. Citizens were also warned that in the event of a refusal, their quality of communication may deteriorate. The government said the installation was necessary to protect against cyber threats.

After that, Kazakhstani lawyers filed a series of lawsuits against the three largest mobile operators in the country, indicating that restricting free Internet access is a violation of the law. They also noted that the government certificate allows you to intercept various data bypassing the encryption used in e-mail and instant messengers.

On August 7, the Kazastan National Security Committee announced the suspension of the implementation of the certificate and called the incident a beta test. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev said that the check was carried out on his behalf.

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