Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows… Yup, it’s day 20 of Trump’s govt shutdown



The IT impact of the ongoing partial US federal government shutdown has begun to show up in the form of degraded computer security. According to internet services biz Netcraft, more than 80 TLS certificates used on .gov websites have expired and have not been renewed.

That’s caused a bunch of HTTPS-protected .gov sites to become inaccessible or throw up browser errors. Meanwhile, some websites, such as, have been scaled back due to the funding freeze.

Not all of those aforementioned TLS certificates have lapsed since the budget impasse became apparent on December 22, 2018. For example a US Justice Department website sports a TLS certificate from web registrar Go Daddy that expired on December 17, 2018.

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