Expired SSL Certificate Knocks Pokemon Go Offline
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Expired SSL Certificate Knocks Pokemon Go Offline

Managing multiple SSL certificates can prove challenging.

Pokemon Go, the popular augmented reality mobile phone game, was offline briefly on Monday, January 22nd as a result of an expired SSL certificate.

It seems like we get about one of these stories per month, if you’ll remember the UK Conservative Party was just in the news for a similar gaffe.

And it might be tempting to slam Pokemon Go’s creator, Niantic, but given the scale of their digital infrastructure, these kinds of mistakes are a bit more common than you might realize. Here’s a screenshot of the expired certificate, courtesy of GameRant.


Pokemon Go expired SSL certificate

While the damage was minimal, with Niantic’s massive player base only being without access for about half an hour, the mistake will likely become just another chapter in a game that has dealt with its share of bugs, server issues and missing or delayed features.

But let’s not pile on to Niantic too much. Again, a game with a global reach such as Pokemon Go, that is available on multiple platforms, is going to require a digital infrastructure of equally impressive proportions.

While we prefer to keep a barrier between our parent company and the activities of Hashed Out, I can say with certainty that one of the biggest challenges The SSL Store’s enterprise clientele face is certificate visibility. That’s why almost every scaled Enterprise security solution that’s offered comes with a certificate discovery feature that helps to find and identify every active digital certificate you have deployed.

Oftentimes larger companies have ordered certificates in multiple batches from multiple certificate authorities and given the size and scale of the operation, sometimes things fall through the cracks.

That was likely the case here. We reached out to Niantic and as of publication had yet to receive any comment back. We will update this story if we hear from them.


Patrick Nohe

Patrick started his career as a beat reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald before moving into the cybersecurity industry a few years ago. Patrick covers encryption, hashing, browser UI/UX and general cyber security in a way that’s relatable for everyone.