The latest evidence that the Iranian government is exploiting Google, Yahoo and Skype to monitor dissident groups puts another chink in the armor of Web evangelists who see social media as an absolute good for democratic reformers. Today officials at the Internet security firm Comodo said they suspected the Iranian government fraudulently obtained digital certificates in order to impersonate websites such as Microsoft Live and monitor the actions of dissidents. "It does not escape notice that the domains targeted would be of greatest use to a government attempting surveillance of Internet use by dissident groups," said Comodo's vice president in a statement.
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