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Published 2021-09-29
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Why Will Most Smartphones And Computers Stop Working On September 30th, 2021?!

Internet blackout

Experts already warned a year ago that in 2021 there may be a global problem with access to the network and by the so-called "blackout" devices such as smart TVs may stop working. Exactly on September 30 security certificates embedded in electronic devices will expire, which will cut off their access to the Internet. We are talking about certificates IdentTrust DST Root CA X3, issued by the Let's Encrypt organization. Their task is to encrypt the connection between the device and the Internet and thanks to this nobody can steal the users' data during the transfer.

Internet blackout

Expiration of IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate

IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 is the root certificate currently used by Let's Encrypt. It has been in place since September 2000 providing a secure connection to servers. It has been used in millions of devices using the Internet, but now it has to be replaced by a new type of certificate ISGR Root X1. The old type will expire exactly on September 30, 2021, and with it, several types of devices will be left without access to the network. Which ones? The answer is on the next page…

Expiration of IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate
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