Let's Encrypt issues its first open source certificate

Open-source certificate authority (CA) Let’s Encrypt announced the release of its first certificate on Monday.
Open-source certificate authority (CA) Let’s Encrypt announced the release of its first certificate on Monday.

Let's Encrypt announced the release of its first open source certificate on Monday.

The free automated certificate isn't cross signed but is fully functional for clients with the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) root in their trust store, the company said. It is expected to work across nearly all browsers once it is cross signed by IdenTrust's root in about a mouth, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) release.

Let's Encrypt is working toward general availability within the next few months by issuing certificates to domains participating in its beta program. The automated certificate authority said it looks to help clear the barriers that are preventing domains from transitioning to the HTTP to HTTPS.  

The initiative is operated by the ISRG and was established last year with the help of the EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and IdenTrust, and University of Michigan researchers. Automattic is also a sponsor.

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