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Several US government websites are now inaccessible after TLS certificates expire during the shutdown.

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Posted on January 11th, 2019 by Damien Jordan in Industry News


In a government shutdown all that is considered non-essential stops. As we can see now, renewing the TLS certificates is non-essential. Reportedly, more than 80 TLS certificates have expired, leaving dozens of government-related websites inaccessible. The Department of Justice, NASA and the Court of Appeals are among the sites that have been affected. Important services have been impacted because of this as well, including payment portals.

To better understand what happens when an SSL/TLS certificate expires and what are the risks, check out our recent blog post on the topic: What happens when your SSL / TLS certificate expires

The good news is that most major government websites are up and running and they are not going down anytime soon (at least not for this reason). Their certificates are not set to expire for many more months.

We do not expect the certificates to be updated until the government opens up again. We will keep you posted if any additional information is available.

Damien Jordan

Enjoys life to the fullest. Appreciates all that is beautifully made - quality matters. Cars and photography are the passions filling his spare time. Enjoys going out with friends as this is his way of relaxing.

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