Digital Trends reports that as the United States government shut down enters day 22, problems are beginning to surface in the world of internet security. According to a report by Netcraft, more than 80 Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates that are used by .gov websites have expired and have not been renewed. TLS certificates are crucial to a secure internet, giving sites permission to use encrypted communication and authenticate the identity of the certificate holder. The certificates require renewal to confirm that the site is still secure and encrypted. Currently, the affected sites include vital government services like NASA, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals. These sites could now be vulnerable to cyber attack.

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