Heartbleed saga meant new SSL certificates for websites and new digital signatures for Trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs). Google Search ranking HTTPS sites over HTTP sites websites would make everyone get new SSL certificates. That means a whole lot of smartphones will have to upgrade, even though they are in good working condition.
I have a Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro phone, which was bought in 2010. It as good as new except for some slight wear on the back cover. It takes great photos. Its auto-focus ability has not been matched by any new phone that I have. Yet, it cannot load Twitter, Facebook and many other HTTPS websites on its browser.
I have another LG phone bought in 2012, bought only for my CBS research, which has the same issue. It can’t load several HTTPS websites.
This is because most of these HTTPS websites are using new SSL certificates. When a phone makes a request to a HTTPS, SSL certificates of websites are matched against certificates of Trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs) installed in the phone. Sites like Twitter and Facebook are using SSL certificates that are signed against newer Trusted CAs, none of which are available in these old phones. Android does not provide an option to install certificates of new Trusted CAs.
Android phone manufacturers make one or two quick updates that I guess make no difference to the longevity of the installed certificates. This meant that the Android phones would not work with some websites and some apps would also stop working.
That did not mean people abandoned the phones. They still stuck to their phones. HOW CAN YOU FORCE THESE PEOPLE TO UPGRADE?
ENTER HEARTBLEED. Heartbleed was accompanied with a media blitzkrieg that was never seen before. Somehow a logo was quickly created and the very first new flashes had the final logo in full glory. USB devices poses a bigger threat to IT security than any other and everyone ignores it like it does not exist at all.
Some Western intelligency agency decide to deliberately out one of their moles who had put an innocuous bug in the widely used OpenSSL library. He was asked to take the fall and he quietly. Linus Torvalds’ father has claimed that NSA had contacted his son about some national security kernel patches to Linux (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/nsa-ask-linus-torvalds-include-backdoors-linux-father-says-yes). Linus later claimed that he had been joking. One FBI contractor claimed that he was asked compromise the OpenBSD distribution. He went public after his gag order expired.
The Heartbleed propaganda asked all websites to get new SSL certificates. Many followed the advice but most did not. Despite, all that propaganda!
That’s when I guess the intelligence agency put in a call to Eric Schmidt. Soon enough, Matt Cutts, the man who has more Ts in his name than vowels or other consonants, or the Google Search blogger in the inside made a post that Google would henceforth be ranking HTTPS over HTTP.
Now, security is one thing but dealing a blow directly on your search referrals or page views or in absolute layman terms HITS is another. That’s got to hurt!
The thinking seems to have gone like this: “Every website out there is going to switch to HTTPS and now everyone gonna upgrade their phones with the latest [surveillance] capabilities.” WELL… YOU FOOLS. YOU MORONS. YOU DIMWITS. It worked out exactly as you planned, didn’t it?
I think you should call the effort has been a failure. Admit it, ULTRAMAROONS. Most websites are doing a wait-and-watch attitude. Unlike years before, Google Search is just one among many sources of traffic. And, websites are not the only frontend that is interfacing with the customer. Mobile apps bring in a lot of business. For many websites, most inbound links are coming from Twitter and Facebook, although these visitors are extremely fickle-minded and have low attention span. In other words, they are mostly one-time visitors. Webmasters just need to convert these to steady customers. They are no longer need to tie themselves in knots to please GoogleBot.
What next? I guess they need to destroy some big websites and cause real damage. Yahoo or Ebay losing some encrypted passwords is not taking the right effect. Blame it on ISIS or SHAM or whatever. Israel is still raining bombs on Palestinian homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza. Every kind of coverup tactic has been tried. A Hollywood celebrity has been bumped off. A phony race “situation” had been tried. Israel could really use something big. What’s next? Think!
Funny how my iPhone starts to perform like shit and crash 24/7 only a month or so before the new iPhone comes out 😶 #plannedobsolescence
— Jesse (@jtwmon) August 27, 2014