Apple bans Kazakhstan

Together with major companies, Apple has recently banned the Kazakhstani HTTPS certificate, after it was found it was broadly used to make surveillance of people without their knowledge and consent.

The Apple Company has teamed in its banning action with Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google to take actions to block the root certificate of web browsers, as it found the Kazakhstani government illegally used it to surveil on its citizens (Kazakhstan is known for its recent political instability and the desire of the local government to gain more power over lives and actions of citizens).Kazakhstan Begins Intercepting HTTPS Internet Traffic Of All Citizens  Forcefully


The surveillance was organized by means of intercepting and decrypting HTTPS traffic of citizens, which is today all centrally organized through its capital Nur-Sultan (in 1998-2019 it was known as Astana and before 1998 it was known as Akmola). Without the governmentally ‘hacked’ HTTPS certificate, no foreign traffic for users in Kazakhstan would be allowed yet now, it will be banned by the biggest traffic providers of the West, largely downgrading the usefulness of foreign traffic in Kazakhstan. This action shall force the Kazakhstani government to refuse the policy of espionage in the country (but it is rather hard to believe that the local government will really abandon this policy because they are really afraid of having in their country the same revolution scenario as in Byelorussia).

The ban made unworkable the services of such in this Asian country so far: Safari, Mozilla, Edge, Chrome, Apple, and Twitter.Safari, Chrome, Firefox: Which is the most private browser for Mac? - The  Mac Security Blog

It must be mentioned that this is already the second time HTTPS certificate in Kazakhstan is blocked. The first blockage was in August 2019 for the same reason, a man-in-the-middle-type of inner espionage. It must be mentioned, though, that the blockage is economically feasible because the named Western companies do not have any significant incomes from the Kazakhstani market and it would not probably be done for China or any other significant market.