White House Web Security Has Lapsed Because of the Shutdown

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IMAGE: Quartz | Cybersecurity workers have been left out in the cold.

The security certificates authenticating more than 130 US government websites, including a subdomain at whitehouse.gov, have expired during the federal shutdown because the workers tasked with renewing them have been furloughed.

According to Netcraft, the UK-based internet security firm that released the list yesterday (Jan. 16), the number of government sites rendered “either insecure or inaccessible” was up from 80 one week earlier, an increase of 63%. Anyone who navigates over to “pages.mail.whitehouse.gov” will be greeted by the following warning:

pages.mail.whitehouse.gov normally uses encryption to protect your information. When Google Chrome tried to connect to pages.mail.whitehouse.gov this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials. This may happen when an attacker is trying to pretend to be pages.mail.whitehouse.gov, or a Wi-Fi sign-in screen has interrupted the connection. Your information is still secure because Google Chrome stopped the connection before any data was exchanged.

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