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Government Shutdown Causes Websites to Break

Amid the on-going government shutdown, up to 80 different federal websites are broken due to expires SSL Certificates. For those unaware, SSL certificates allow traffic to and from your computer and the website to be encrypted. As of January 10th, over 80 government websites were affected by the issue, according to an analysis by Netcraft (an Internet Security and Data Mining company).

Normally, when an SSL breaks or expires, the website will still allow insecure traffic but in the case of the DOJ sites in particular, they are prevented from being browsed when the SSL is expired, in essence, taking these websites down.

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