When connecting to an SSL enabled website using the CFHTTP tag in ColdFusion MX, be sure to lowercase the protocol https. Using the upppercase of the protocol HTTPS might cause the CFHTTP tag to hang until it times out, returning Connection Failure for the Status Code. I've seen some SSL websites work with CFHTTP when using a protocol as either uppercase or lowercase, such as HTTPS://login.yahoo.com, but I've seen others behave problematically.