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Mobile services firm T-Motion has a security certificate on in its Web site, which fails to work properly for three reasons.

Visitors to T-Motion's UK site who try to use the secure logon option get an alert which tells them:

  • The certificate expired on October 4 2001
  • The certificate was issued "to a company you have chosen not to trust"
  • The certificate only works with a different site anyway.

If you choose to accept the thrice invalid certificate
you can still connect to establish a secure connection with the site, as this is how digital certificates work. (This is an admin cock-up on T-Motion's part, rather than a security issue).

T-Motion is part of the Deutsche Telecom Group and is a major supplier of WAP services and ought to be able to sort out SSL certificates without making a hash of it. The company was informed politely about the problem one week ago by a Reg reader. ®

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