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Please, help us to pay our expenses

CAcert offers free certificates. Nevertheless, the CA does not function completely without money. For example, the electricity bills of the data centre in the Netherlands must be paid. The annual expenses of CAcert are about 3000 dollars/Euro. In view of the more than 300,000 users, that’s not much. How does CAcert pay these bills?

First of all, the membership fees of the members of CAcert Inc. (association) cover about 1/6 of the expenses. The remaining 2,500 require donations. In the first quarter of 2018, 11 people from 6 countries from Australia through Tatarstan to the United Kingdom made a donation.The chart on the left shows the distribution of donors by country (USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Tatarstan). To the right of the amount donated: one quarter each comes from the USA and Australia. We thank all donors very much for their generosity. In order to pay all bills by the end of the year, twice as many people would have to donate an amount.

Possibilities
Bank transfer in Euro:
secure-u e.V. / Bank: Hamburger Volksbank e.G. / IBAN: DE50 2019 0003 0008 5478 07 /           BIC: GENODEF1HH2 (“for CAcert”) (secure-u-association is our local partner in Germany)
Bank Transfer in Australia:
Westpac Bank for AU$: Account Name: CAcert Inc / SWIFT: WPACAU2S / Account No.: 180264
Paypal:
https://www.paypal.com/   (currently not working due to Paypal Issue)
Paypal donation via secure-u e.V.

 

French translation   |   German Translation

Signer is working again

Today we were able to investigate the signer machine at the datacenter.

As previously assumed, the signer machine was powered off. It was not possible to power it on again, so either both PSUs or other components died.

As we ordered a replacement-machine of the same type we were able to use the existing harddrives to power up the signer again.

Currently the signer is catching up, which will take some hours. As soon as your certificate was processed, you’ll get an email from our server.

The certificate of www.cacert.org is in the queue (together with your certificates and revocations), so we need to wait until it’s ready. It will get updated as soon as possible.

Update 2020-05-05: All pending certificates requests are processed now, new requests should now processed on the fly again.

Dirk Astrath
CAcert critical admin

Technical problems with signer machine

We have a problem with the signer machine, certificates are currently not created.

There is no way to access the signer machine via internet, to make sure that the machine can not be hacked, so a personal visit to the data center will be necessary to check the machine and get it running again.

Sadly the current Covid-19 pandemy makes travelling to the data center very difficult, so we have no way to fix this problem soon! I’m afraid that it may take several weeks till we get access to the machine and find out the reason for this problem.

Update: Currently we hope that we will be able to make the visit to the data center around easter weekend.

Of course this depends on other developments we have no influence on. For example further restrictions to travelling or intra-EU border crossing may prevent this visit.

Update: In case you can’t access https://www.cacert.org or https://secure.cacert.org currently due to the expired certificate, you may reset the HSTS-status in Chrome:

Open chrome://net-internals/#hsts and delete www.cacert.org and secure.cacert.org settings there. Accessing www.cacert.org will then give you a warning about the expired certificate, but you’ll then be able to continue.

Update: A visit at the datacenter is planned for 2020-05-04 to enable the signer again as well as additional administration tasks on other hardware.

Update: All services are normal again, see new blog post.

Change in the Committee

Frédéric Grither from France has resigned as treasurer of CAcert Inc. However, he will continue to offer his expertise and experience as a member of the CAcert finance team. On 13 February 2020, the Committee (Board) was able to fill the vacancy by electing Christophe Meesters from Belgium to the Committee. Christophe is a proven financial expert.

Bret Watson from Australia is now also supporting us in the finance team, particularly with regard to Australian issues. The board is very grateful to know that the finances of our fellowship are in good hands and that we have managed to spread the work over several shoulders.

Soziale Netzwerke im Kinderzimmer

Soziale Netzwerke sind schon längst im Kinderzimmer angekommen – immer jüngere Kinder nutzen sie. Influencer auf Plattformen wie Instagram oder YouTube begleiten unsere Kinder im Alltag. Da stellt sich einmal mehr, wie Eltern oder auch ältere Geschwister damit umgehen sollen.

Anlässlich des heutigen Safer Internet Day (SID 2020) fordert Youtuber Robin Blase mehr Medienkompetenz. CAcert erarbeitet zur Zeit entsprechendes Unterrichtsmaterial.

European Data Protection Day and Data Privacy Day

Today we celebrate the European Data Protection Day founded by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Data Privacy Day in the United States and Canada. We want to raise awareness of data protection and the right to privacy. At CAcert we provide you digital certificates with which you can protect your private data for example by encrypting your mails. To use them you must offer CAcert some of your data, but in order to protect your privacy, we ask you for fewest data possible and we have strict rules how to handle personal data.

Feel secured with CAcert and choose “I have nothing to hide … except for my privacy.”

dirk astrath

2020-01-22

Since yesterday evening the main webserver of CAcert is currently not available.

We’re working hard in the background to get it up and running again.

Update:

According to the logfiles the server crashed at (or shortly after) Jan 21 18:07:39

The machine is up again after a hardware restart since: Jan 23 10:55:17

(Software-Restarts of the sun-server did not help yesterday …)

The root-cause-analysis is yet to be done (and will be done later the day).

Update2:

A detailed investigation of our logfiles did NOT show any intrusion attack. We were not able to find any details, why the hardware-server stopped responding.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

dirk astrath

CAcert Crtitical Admin

CAcert Event in Staffordshire – 11th Feb 2020

CAcert Event in Staffordshire - 11th Feb 2020 at Keele University

CAcert Event in Staffordshire – 11th Feb 2020, 7pm

Good news: There will be a CAcert event in the United Kingdom!

The CAcert event will be on the 11th February 2020. The main talk will begin at 7pm, the doors will be open for earlier arrivals from 6pm onwards.

The CAcert Event will be at the StaffsLUG Workshop, Internet Central, Innovation Centre, Keele Science Park, ST5 5NB, Newcastle-under-Lyme/Stoke-on-Trent, which you can find details (and maps of) of at this URL: https://staffslug.org.uk/events/

All users of any OS are welcome to come along! Disregard the fact that StaffsLUG are helping to host it!

You should be able to find details of the event at this other URL which is our calendar: https://staffslug.org.uk/calendar/

But essentially it’ll cover…

  • An introduction to CAcert from one of their UK volunteers Alex.
  • We’ll also cover SSL in general for anyone unfamiliar.
  • Time for assurances (for free certificates with CAcert, you’ll need this), to participate in this you’ll need to bring some form of ID as mentioned here (e.g. Passport and Driving License).
  • We’re being joined by people from CAcert and existing users of CAcert who’ll be able to help issue points during the assurance part.

If anyone has any further thoughts about things we should be considering for the event and/or things you like to see covered. Let us know! For the latest details, see our UK mailing list: https://lists.cacert.org/wws/info/cacert-uk

New Committee constituted

The constituent meeting of the comittee took place on December, 23rd 2019. At this meeting, Sascha T was given a warm welcome. Furthermore, strategic issues were discussed and offices were allocated within the board.

Brian M will remain president, Peter N vice president and Etienne R secretary. The office of treasurer will be filled definitively in the coming weeks.

Deutsch: Am 23. Dezember 2019 hat die konstituierende Sitzung des Vorstandes stattgefunden. Dabei wurden strategische Fragen erörtert und die Ämter innerhalb des Vorstandes verteilt.

Français: La réunion constitutive du comité a eu lieu le 23 décembre 2019. Lors de cette réunion, des questions stratégiques ont été discutées et des bureaux ont été attribués au sein du comité.

Deutschland ist wieder im CAcert-Vorstand vertreten

An der Generalversammlung wurde die Jahresrechnung 2018/19 genehmigt und der Vorstand im Amt bestätigt. Infolge Rücktritt konnte ein Sitz neu besetzt werden. Mit Sascha T ist Deutschland wieder im Vorstand vertreten. Das macht durchaus Sinn, ist doch die CAcert-Gemeinschaft in diesem Land sehr stark.

English: At the General Meeting, the annual accounts for 2018/19 were approved and the committee was confirmed in office. As a result of resignations, one seat could be newly filled. With Sascha T, Germany is again represented on the board again. This makes sense, as the CAcert community is very strong in this country.

General Meeting 2019 – save the date!

CAcert’s Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held on Saturday, 30. November 2019, 20:00 UTC = Sat 21:00 Central Europe* = Sat 15:00 NY* = Sun 07:00 Sydney*…..

20:00 GMT / 20:00 UTC / 21:00 CET (Berlin/Zurich) / 15:00 EDT (New York) / Sun 1.12.2019 07:00 AEDT (Sydney)

Further information will follow.

see https://wiki.cacert.org/AGM/Next