HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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Telly taxpayers’ info sent in the clear

The UK’s TV Licensing agency has taken its website offline “as a precaution” after being blasted for running transactional pages that were not sent over HTTPS.

The publicly funded outfit had been criticised for inviting folk to submit sensitive data over unencrypted links. Just a few hours after proclaiming “we will soon migrate our entire website to HTTPS” it announced:

We are having issues with the TV licensing website, and we will restore the website as soon as we can.

— TV Licensing (@tvlicensing) 5 September 2018

The telly taxman has been maintaining a secure version of its website but it also ran an HTTP branch – which crucially didn’t redirect over


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