Amazon Ads has stopped showing for the past 24 hours from January 10, 2022 to January 11, 2022 on Arlingtoncardinal.com and other websites around the world. CARDINAL NEWS noticed that the ads were not showing around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The issue caused empty blocks (usually spaces) to appear on the CARDINAL NEWS website in places where the ads Amazon would normally display products. When operating normally, a small percentage of readership purchases on Amazon referred from a CARDINAL NEWS referral click to Amazon are paid to CARDINAL NEWS at no additional cost to readers. Advertisements help CARDINAL NEWS fund information operations.
An investigation by CARDINAL NEWS found that Amazon apparently allowed a certificate to expire for a domain name used in its advertising code. Because Arlingtoncardinal.com is a secure website using HTTPS, the website is blocking the display of Amazon ads. This does not necessarily mean that Amazon ads were not secure, but a valid certificate is required from all sources, even sources with a good reputation.
The certificate expired on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 5:59:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Anytime a graphic or other type of computer code is embedded on a website that uses HTTPS, that embedded computer code must also come from a server that is also using HTTPS with a legitimate certificate.
HTTPS is known as “Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol” and is the secure version of HTTP, which is the primary protocol used to send data between a web browser and a website. HTTPS is encrypted to increase the security of data transfer. Encryption is especially important when users transmit sensitive data, log into a bank account, use an email service, interact with a health insurance provider, or make an online purchase.
When the Arlingtoncardinal.com website detects a code that does not use HTTPS (for example, HTTP instead) or detects a code with an expired certificate, this section is blocked for reader safety.
If the Amazon issue continues, CARDINAL NEWS will temporarily remove the section or replace the section with other announcements or information.
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