By Lawrence Latif
Aug 11 2010
GUARDIAN OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) is seemingly unable to set up a secure website correctly.
The website for the high profile cabinet department that is supposed to
protect the US from terrorists and has a reported budget of $52 billion
throws up errors when users try to access the secure site through the
Browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Chrome issue warnings suggesting
the site is not quite what it seems. The problem is down to the fact
that while the certificate was issued for the official DHS domain name,
the technological wunderkind in charge of matters forgot that hosting
duties are actually farmed out to Akamai.
So when the content is loaded from Akamai's servers, which are not
covered by the SSL certificate issued for the DHS domain, browsers
rightly throw up a warning suggesting something dodgy is going on. While
security warnings that the DHS website is some dodgy knock-off might be
ironic, in the case of the State Department's website, it's of far
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