VeriSign Inc. is hoping to raise the profile of its Internet payments business now that CyberCash, one of its biggest rivals, is mired in bankruptcy proceedings.

Mountain View, Calif.-based VeriSign, a pioneer in digital certificates, got into Internet payments with its December 1999 acquisition of Signio Inc., a business and consumer payments company. Payments now account for a small portion of VeriSign’s revenue, most of which comes from its Web domain name registry.

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