Author Topic: U.S. Government Shutdown Leaves Dozens of .Gov Websites Vulnerable  (Read 127 times)

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Author: Lindsey O'Donnell
January 11, 2019 11:23 am

As the shutdown continues into its 21st day, dozens of .gov websites haven’t renewed their TLS certificates.

As the U.S. federal shutdown continues, dozens of U.S. government websites have been rendered either insecure or inaccessible due to expired transport layer security (TLS) certificates that have not been renewed.

In fact, .gov websites are using more than 80 TLS certificates that have expired, according to a new Thursday report by Netcraft. That’s because funding for renewals has been paused. That opens the impacted sites to an array of cyber-attacks; most notably, man-in the-middle attacks, which allow bad actors to intercept exchanges between a user and a web application—either to eavesdrop or to impersonate the website and steal any data that the user may input.

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