back to article John McAfee launches cert authority but it's got a POODLE problem

Eccentric infosec man John McAfee is now the proprietor of a Certificate Authority named BlackCert. Fresh from a shootout friendly discussion with police over drug and firearm possession, the one-time anti-virus boss has made what is badged as a disruptive play into SSL. BlackCert will offer unlimited use of SSL certificates …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    u serious

    1. Ole Juul

      Re: 2048-bit

      NIST's deadline for CAs to stop issuing 1024-bit certificates and revoke any below 2048 was December 2013.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: 2048-bit

        Exactly. 2048 is too low

  2. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Should we trust this?

    And him? Or assume this is being done for the humor value (his perhaps)?

  3. Lusty

    Another venture?

    We haven't even finished cleaning the McAfee virus software off all the machines on the Internet yet!

    1. PartTimeLegend

      Re: Another venture?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He's doing very well, isn't he, considering he's on bail?

    What a dedicated workaholic he is.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "BlackCert will offer unlimited use of SSL certificates for basement prices"

    Base certificate $60 compared to Namecheap's $9 basic cert

    Multi-domain $140 compared to Namecheap's "$29.88

    Clearly a new definition of basement prices that I was previously unaware of. Don't know how much the free poodle is worth.

    NOTE: I'm not shilling for Namecheap and am not making a penny for saying nice things about them. I (and clients) have been happy customer/s for over a decade now with pretty well no problems. It's (so far) safe to type in domains you're thinking about without them being snatched; they don't bury the stuff you need behind crap trying to sell you things you don't need; and their support is very good. How things should be, but so infrequently are.

    The only glitch for me of late is incomplete support for domains - you can buy them and run them; but can't transfer domains in.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "basement prices designed to undercut the competition"

    Can't see how $69 is a basement price to undercut competition. Perhaps a hooker is included with each certificate.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: "basement prices designed to undercut the competition"

      Or perhaps a 2 ounce (57 grams) bag of your drug of choice is included?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Their "Contact Us" page is 404...

    Seems their website has other problems too. :( The bottom of the front page of their website has the "Contact Us" details like this:

    ... Contact Our Support!

    Clicking that gives:


    The requested page could not be found.

    The "Support" link in the top right corner goes to the same (non-functional) URL too. Wonder if that means there's no support...?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's he been smoking...

    .... to think that this new venture is a disruptive one? It's more expensive than many other vendors and doesn't appear to be offering anything extra let alone revolutionary enough to be disruptive.

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