Without them, machines can’t trust each other when they communicate.”

A large sway of US governmental websites have let their TLS certificates expire due to staffing issues as a government shutdown enters into its 20th day.

A political disagreement over the allocation of funding for border security has brought US government institutes to a standstill, causing widespread disruption throughout federal departments.

As 400,000 federal staff are furloughed and many received a pay check this week that had zero dollars in it, government employees are remaining at home, while essential staff are calling in sick in protest.

This is causing the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of department websites to lag into dangerous territory.

It is estimated that over 80 websites with the .gov domain now have expired TLS certificates as no IT staff are currently being paid to maintain the .gov websites.

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