US has shut down eighty Tls certificates from their own websites by shutdown’

Jan

11

2019

According to the internet company Netcraft, the American government has had more than eighty TSL certificates expired because of the shutdown . As a result, several government websites would be inaccessible.

According to Netcraft, it is all kinds of .gov websites that must either be considered unsafe or no longer accessible. According to the company, it includes websites from NASA, the US Department of Justice and the US Court of Justice.

For example, it is a website of the Ministry of Justice that uses a certificate that expired in December and has not been renewed. Due to the applied hsts protocol, users of Chrome and Firefox will not see an option to ignore the security warning when visiting the website.

For some other government websites that have not implemented hsts, it is possible, as with a NASA website whose certificate expired on January 5th. Netcraft states, however, that if users ignore the warning and visit the website anyway, they are at risk in the form of any man-in-the-middle attacks.

The closure of the US government has been a fact for several weeks now and is related to a conflict between President Donald Trump and the Democratic-dominated House of Representatives. The Democrats do not want to agree with more than $ 5 billion that Trump wants to use for the construction of a wall at the border between Mexico and the US. Trump therefore refuses to approve the budget for 2019. Due to the shutdown, quite a few government employees are no longer paid, including employees who are responsible for it support and the security of government websites.

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