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Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down

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More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired so far without being renewed, leaving some websites inaccessible to the public.

NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals are just some of the US government agencies currently impacted, according to Netcraft.

The blame falls on the current US federal government shutdown caused by US President Donald Trump's refusal to sign any 2019 government budget bill that doesn't contain funding for a Mexico border wall he promised during his election campaign.

This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of government workers being furloughed across all government agencies, including staff handling IT support and cybersecurity.

As a result, government websites are dropping like flies, with no one being on hand to renew TLS certificates.

Websites with expired certificates where admins followed proper procedures and implemented correctly-functioning HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) policies...(continued)

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