German CA TrustCenter insolvent

Stephan Neuhaus neuhaus at
Mon Sep 26 02:35:12 EDT 2005

Original article at

It seems that the German TC TrustCenter GmbH (formerly TC TrustCenter 
AG) is now insolvent.  TrustCenter was accredited to issue "qualified 
signatures", which is what you need in Germany if you want your digital 
signature to be as binding as your handwritten one.

It is as yet unclear why TrustCenter ran out of money, but the fact that 
German banks sold their TrustCenter stocks to BeTrusted (now part of 
Cybertrust) in 2004 shows that the banks had lost their confidence in PKI.

An interesting question is of course what happens with TrustCenter's 
private keys.  Are they being auctioned off to the highest bidder?


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