Google Maps API Premier gets 'unique private cryptographic key'

In order to protect Premier customers from unauthorized use of their client IDs, Google is adding an additional layer of security to Google Maps API Premier. “we will be issuing a private cryptographic key, unique to each account, to all Maps API Premier customers. From now on, requests made to certain web services from Maps […]

In order to protect Premier customers from unauthorized use of their client IDs, Google is adding an additional layer of security to Google Maps API Premier. “we will be issuing a private cryptographic key, unique to each account, to all Maps API Premier customers. From now on, requests made to certain web services from Maps API Premier accounts will need to be “signed” with this key. This security enhancement will ensure that requests’re authorized by the owner of Maps API Premier client ID specified in the request. Existing Maps API Premier customers should expect to receive an email from Google within next 10 days containing their private cryptographic key. For documentation explaining how to use this cryptographic key to sign requests, please refer to Maps API Premier Developer Guide. The Static Maps V2 API is the first API to support URL signing. As of March 2, 2010, requests made to Static Maps V2 API will need to be signed to be accepted. However, for added security, we encourage you to begin signing requests you make to this service now,” says Daniel Chu.