On March 23 Google reported that unauthorized certificates for Google domains were issued by MCS Holdings, which is an intermediate certificate authority under CNNIC. Because CNNIC is a trusted CA that is included in every major Web browser, the certificate might have been trusted by default, even though it wasn't legitimate.
Google, thanks to its own past experience, leverages HTTP public key pinning (HPKP) in Chrome and Firefox. With HPKP, sites can "pin" certificates that they will allow. As such, fraudulent certificates not pinned by Google would not be accepted as authentic.
Browsers that don't support HPKP in the same way, including Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer, might have been potentially tricked by the fraudulent certificates, however.
Rather pertinent, methinks.