Government shutdown threatens US cyber security

Government shutdown threatens US cyber security

The US government shutdown is threatening the security of dozens of US government websites as no staff are around to maintain or update them, a report has found.

The shut down under President Donald Trump, which today became the longest in US history, has left around 80 US government websites broken or at risk.

With no staff being paid to update them, the websites, including links for NASA, the Department of Justice and the Court of Appeals, are all vulnerable or not working properly, according to a report by UK internet services firm Netcraft.

Because some websites have failed to update their security certificates they have stopped working entirely. Digital certificates ensure that communications on the internet are sent in a secure manner, and need updating after a certain period of time.

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