TLS Certificates for Many .gov Domains Not Renewed Due to Government Shutdown
Internet services company Netcraft warns that the ongoing US Government shutdown is putting Internet users at risk. The shutdown, which began three weeks ago, has prevented the renewal of TLS certificates for more than 80 .gov websites.
Netcraft’s Paul Mutton explained that “[m]ost of the affected sites will display an interstitial security warning that the user will be able to bypass. This introduces some realistic security concerns, as task-oriented users are more likely to ignore these security warnings, and will therefore render themselves vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.”