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Invalid provider type specified when accessing X509Certificate2.PrivateKey

Today, I was attempting to digitally sign a byte array with my private key so that I could produce an event on the event bus and a consumer could ensure that the message came from me and was not modified while in transit. public byte[] SignData(byte[] data) {   X509Store certStore = new X509Store(StoreName.My, StoreLocation.CurrentUser);   certStore.Open(OpenFlags.ReadOnly);   // the DN I get is CN=name,CN=Users,DC=example,DC=com   // but the DN on the cert has spaces after each comma   string spacedDN = UserPrincipal.Current.DistinguishedName.Replace(",", ", ");   X509Certificate2 cert = certStore.Certificates     .Find(       X509FindType.FindBySubjectDistinguishedName,       spacedDN,       true)     .OfType<X509Certificate2>()     .FirstOrDefault();   if (null == cert) { // handle no cert }   RSACryptoServiceProvider rsaProvider = cert.PrivateKey as RSACryptoServiceProvider;   return rsaProvider.SignData(data, n