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Shutdown: Dot-gov websites vulnerable to cyberattacks, certificates expiring amid funding pause

Federal workers went without their paychecks Friday, as Trump's shutdown of the U.S. government continues for 21 days and counting. With no end in sight, concerns are rising that dozens of U.S. government websites have become insecure or completely unreachable, as their transport layer security (TLS) certificates expire. A Thursday report from Netcraft estimates that the .gov websites are using 80 or more expired TLS certificates. Sites like NASA, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Court...
Tags: Google Chrome, Security, Post, Politics, News, Mexico, Government, Godaddy, Nasa, Cyberattack, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Irs, Tls, Cyberattacks, Mozilla Firefox


Government Shutdown: TLS Certificates Not Renewed, Many Websites Are Down (slashdot)

More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired so far without being renewed, leaving some websites inaccessible to the public. From a report: NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals are just some of the US government agencies currently impacted, according to Netcraft. The blame falls on the current US federal government shutdown caused by US President Donald Trump's refusal to sign any 2019 government budget bill that doesn't contain funding for a ...
Tags: News, Mexico, US, Nasa, Donald Trump, US Department of Justice, Court of Appeals, Netcraft, Msmash


Over 80 US government websites have become insecure or completely inaccessible because there are no workers there to update security credentials

More than 80 US government websites have now become either insecure or inaccessible due to the sites not updating a security credential known as a TLS certificate, according to a report by Netcraft. Sites impacted include the likes of NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the US Court of Appeals. Most of these affected sites will allow users to proceed past the security warning page, but that can leave users vulnerable to cyber attacks. The US government shutdown has taken a toll on pub...
Tags: US, Trends, Nasa, National Parks, US Department of Justice, US Court of Appeals, Netcraft, Netcraft Sites, US Court of Appeals Most


Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors. According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based internet security services company, many government domains can’t be accessed u...
Tags: Security, Government, US, Tech, E-commerce, Nasa, Cryptography, United States, Https, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Google-chrome, Trump, Netcraft, Public Key Infrastructure, Key Management


Government Shutdown: TLS Certificates Not Renewed, Many Websites Are Down

More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired so far without being renewed, leaving some websites inaccessible to the public. From a report: NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals are just some of the US government agencies currently impacted, according to Netcraft. The blame falls on the current US federal government shutdown caused by US President Donald Trump's refusal to sign any 2019 government budget bill that doesn't contain funding for a ...
Tags: Mexico, US, Tech, Nasa, Donald Trump, US Department of Justice, Court of Appeals, Netcraft


Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, websites offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

Hackers may be rubbing their hands with glee The IT impact of the ongoing partial US federal government shutdown has begun to show up in the form of degraded computer security. According to internet services biz Netcraft, more than 80 TLS certificates used on .gov websites have expired and have not been renewed.…
Tags: US, Fbi, Software, Trump, Netcraft


Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

Hackers may be rubbing their hands with glee The IT impact of the ongoing partial US federal government shutdown has begun to show up in the form of degraded computer security. According to internet services biz Netcraft, more than 80 TLS certificates used on .gov websites have expired and have not been renewed.…
Tags: US, Fbi, Software, Trump, Netcraft


Irony: A site with a .fish domain was used to phish French bank customers

It’s a hacking worthy of an Alanis Morissette song; a website with a generic .fish domain name was used to phish French banking customers, as spotted by the folks at Netcraft. When anyone visited parser.fish, they would be redirected to a Vietnamese-based site masquerading as the French bank BRED (Banque régionale d’escompte et de dépôts), which would try to hoover up their credentials. Parser.fish is registered anonymously with the Toronto-based hosting service, Tucows. This isn’t usual (hell, ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Toronto, Morissette, Netcraft


Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain

Gill us now Netcraft 'net watchers have cast a fly over the lake of generic TLDs, and turned up the first .fish domain dedicated to – wait for it – phishing.…
Tags: Software, Gill, Netcraft


VC-backed DigitalOcean recruits Senneff as CFO

New York City-based DigitalOcean, a cloud for developers, has named Steve Senneff as chief financial officer. Previously, he worked at Cotiviti. DigitalOcean is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Access Industries, IA Ventures, CrunchFund and Techstars. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Aug 15, 2017) – DigitalOcean, the cloud for developers, today announced it has hired Steve Senneff as chief financial officer. Senneff is a global finance leader with extensive experience leading high-growth ...
Tags: New York, New York City, Trends, People, Nielsen, Steve, Digitalocean, Ben Uretsky, Abbott Laboratories, Purdue University, Netcraft, Cotiviti, Senneff, Steve Senneff, Cotiviti DigitalOcean, Andreessen Horowitz Access Industries IA Ventures


Combo spin/fly rod?

I'm interested in picking up, or building, a combo spin/fly rod. I see that there are a number of commercial options out there (eg, Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly, LL Bean Spin/Fly) but everything I've seen comes as a complete fishing kit - reels, case, etc. I don't need more reels or a fancy carry case, and a couple are pretty expensive. Do we have any rod builders on the forum and has anyone built such a rod? Here is what I'm thinking:3-4 piece blank Spinning weight - Light action, 2-6lb test lin...
Tags: Weapon, Boating and Fishing, Netcraft


New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

And none of those in China show anything while they wait for government paperwork Netcraft's monthly survey of web-facing computers has turned up an oddity: a new web server called “Beaver” that's used by exactly one web site outside China.…
Tags: China, Software, Netcraft


Fixing your oven can cook your computer

Appliance vendor Hotpoint's UK service site is serving malware when you seek repairs If your Hotpoint cooker or washer's on the blink, don't arrange a repair by visiting company's site: Netcraft says the appliance vendor's foisting nastyware onto visitors.…
Tags: UK, Software, Netcraft, Hotpoint


Encrypted Email Is Still a Pain in 2017 (slashdot)

Bristol-based software developer James Stanley, who used to work at Netcraft, shares how encrypted emails, something which was first introduced over 25 years ago, is still difficult to setup and use for even reasonably tech savvy people. He says he recently tried to install Enigmail, a Thunderbird add-on, but not only things like GPG, PGP, OpenPGP were -- for no reason -- confusing, Enigmail continues to suffer from a bug that takes forever in generating keys. From his blog post: Encrypted email...
Tags: News, Pgp, Bristol, Gpg, Netcraft, Msmash, James Stanley, Enigmail


Encrypted Email Is Still a Pain in 2017

Bristol-based software developer James Stanley, who used to work at Netcraft, shares how encrypted emails, something which was first introduced over 25 years ago, is still difficult to setup and use for even reasonably tech savvy people. He says he recently tried to install Enigmail, a Thunderbird add-on, but not only things like GPG, PGP, OpenPGP were -- for no reason -- confusing, Enigmail continues to suffer from a bug that takes forever in generating keys. From his blog post: Encrypted email...
Tags: Tech, Pgp, Bristol, Gpg, Netcraft, James Stanley, Enigmail


North Korea Has Just 28 Websites

In September of 2014, NetCraft confirmed there to be over 1 billion websites on the world wide web. There are over 140 million .com and .net domains alone, as well as millions of websites for each country code top-level domain (ccTLD), such as .de for Germany and .cn for China. But in North Korea, the number of websites the country has registered for its top-level domain is in the double digits. Motherboard reports: On Tuesday, apparently by mistake, North Korea misconfigured its nameserver, ess...
Tags: North Korea, China, Germany, Tech, Bryant, Netcraft, Doug Madory, Dyn


WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

Tumblr switches to nginx superset maintained by CloudFlare and Taobao folk Netcraft's September survey of the world's most prevalent web servers turned up something interesting: a dip for all major servers but a sudden spike for OpenResty.…
Tags: Wtf, Cloudflare, Taobao, Netcraft


15 Expert Hacks for Wannabe Successful New Writers

How can new writers become successful online or offline?   The January 2015 Netcraft survey pulled the number of websites at 876 million+. Proof there are enough writers online to start a continent. So how can a greenhorn build a writing skill that breaks through the noise to build a raving audience for his writings? To answer this, I contacted fifteen writing experts (including prolific editors and journalists) to gain their thoughts on this question: "What's your best writing lesson for new ...
Tags: Google, News, Stephen King, Turkey, Ppc, New York Times, Denmark, Bing, Huffington Post, Upwork, James, Digital Marketing, Susan, Don, MFA, Natalie


Bangladesh government domain turned into toxic phishing hole

.gov.bd sites used by parties unknown to spawn phish from UK host Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says the Bangladesh Government has been used in banking phishing attacks targeting customers of Wells Fargo, Google, and AOL.…
Tags: UK, Aol, Bangladesh, Netcraft, Paul Mutton


Facebook's own TLS cert used by crooks in double logon phish

Phish me once, shame on Facebook; phish me twice, shame on Facebook anyway Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says phishers are using Facebook's TLS certificate to create a 'remarkably convincing' scam that would go unnoticed by most users.…
Tags: Facebook, Netcraft, Paul Mutton


Only 0.1% of you are doing web server security right

Venerable net-scan outfit Netcraft has issued what clich? would describe as "a stinging rebuke" to sysadmins the world over, for ignoring HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP). Pinning is designed to defend users against impersonation attacks, in which an attacker tricks a certificate authority to issue a fraudulent certificate for a site.
Tags: Netcraft


Only 0.1% of you are doing web server security right

Certificate pinning is a useful thing, says Netcraft. So why do hardly any of you use it? Venerable net-scan outfit Netcraft has issued what cliché would describe as “a stinging rebuke” to sysadmins the world over, for ignoring HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP).…
Tags: Netcraft


Geek Reading March 23, 2016 #1069

Another *aaS announcement starts our day as the Google Cloud Platform announces beta availability of Node.js on Google App Engine. Heroku talks about what they had to do in order to patch all of their servers due to the recent glibc security advisory. It is an interesting view into what a company like Heroku needs to do for critical updates. On DZone Agile, we get a good post about becoming a better developer. Read more! Seriously, developers need to keep reading in order to learn, and sometime...
Tags: Google, Java, Deep Learning, Google App Engine, Salt, Oracle, Neural Networks, Google Cloud Platform, Node.js, Elasticsearch, Microservices, Heroku, Netcraft, Geek Reading, Hibernate, John D Cook


The Unbiased And Updated Guide To Selecting The Right Hosting Company

by Matt Janaway, owner of Outreachly.uk Are you concerned about the speed of your website? There are many site owners who never even consider speed and uptime as factors for achieving more traffic and conversion. The truth is that the thousands of dollars that you’re investing into online branding and marketing can burn to ashes right before your eyes if your website takes too long to load or is unavailable. This can happen when you trust the wrong hosting company with your web property. Unfort...
Tags: Google, UK, Resources, India, Africa, US, Web Hosting, Vpn, WMA, Netcraft, PC Magazine, IT infrastructure, Matt Janaway, Right Hosting Company, Amazon Well, Google Analytics Adwords


DigitalOcean To Launch In India This Summer; Will Invest $5mn For Local Operation

DigitalOcean has  announced their plan to open a datacenter in India this coming summer. Headquartered in New York City, DigitalOcean has catered to the developer community by offering on-demand cloud computing resources that can be deployed in seconds at a great price point. In 2015 DigitalOcean became the 2nd largest hosting company in the world , as per Netcraft, a cloud infrastructure research firm. DigitalOean plans t o have an initial investment of up to $5M to build local facilit...
Tags: Startups, News, India, New York City, Bangalore, Digitalocean, Ben Uretsky, Netcraft, DigitalOean, Co Founder of DigitalOcean, Moisey Uretsky


Net narks phishing AlphaBay drug logins in clever redirect attack

If ever you wanted proof there is no honour among thieves, this scam proves it Netcraft security man Paul Mutton says net narks have spun up a fake version of Alphabay Market, a popular darknet venue, in a bid to steal login credentials.…
Tags: Netcraft, Paul Mutton


Python Is On the Rise, While PHP Falls

Nerval's Lobster writes: While this month's lists of the top programming languages uniformly put Java in the top spot, that's not the only detail of interest to developers. Which language has gained the most users over the past five years? And which are tottering on the edge of obsolescence? According to PYPL, which pulls its raw data for analysis from Google Trends, Python has grown the most over the past five years—up 5 percent since roughly 2010. Over the same period, PHP also declined by 5 p...
Tags: Google, Php, PHP Falls, Google Trends Python, PYPL, Netcraft


US Military Websites Still Relying On SHA-1

An anonymous reader writes: Netcraft confirms many U.S. Department of Defense websites, including a remote access service used by the Missile Defense Agency, are more vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks than most consumer websites. The weaker than previously-thought SHA-1 algorithm is the main culprit, with the DoD today being the most prolific user of SHA-1 signed SSL certificates, even though NIST banned new use of this signature algorithm two years ago. Most of the vulnerable certificates...
Tags: US, NIST, Netcraft, Missile Defense Agency