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Security Experts Warn Healthcare.gov Is Vulnerable to Hacking
ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2013 6:01pm | John Parkinson

Posted on 12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST by topher

Cyber security experts told Congress today that the Obama administration should take Healthcare.gov offline until privacy vulnerabilities are addressed and detection capabilities are improved.

David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat hacker” who tests security flaws by hacking online systems to help identify weaknesses, warned that there are critical flaws and exposures “currently on the website that hackers could use to extract sensitive information.”

“The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent the attacks from happening. And none of those are clearly being done on the Healthcare.gov website,” Kennedy said before the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fraud; hacker; hacking; obamacare; obamacaresecurity; obamacarewebsite; personalinfo
There are people that trust when they go to US Government sites that their data is secure. They need to know that it is not.

I am sure there are older people who blindly trust the government that may have their personal info hacked...

1 posted on 12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST by topher
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To: topher
CNBC also has an article on this...

CNBC Article:

No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker

2 posted on 12/03/2013 9:20:50 AM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

I heard they solved the security problem by giving out Lifelock memberships.


3 posted on 12/03/2013 9:24:45 AM PST by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: topher

Just to put a fine point on it, you cannot “hack” a system that has no security in the first place.

Open systems are simply free for all’s in the tech world.


4 posted on 12/03/2013 9:24:48 AM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: topher

This sounds like the kind of gross negligence that can send a CEO to jail in private industry.


5 posted on 12/03/2013 9:24:59 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: topher

30 minutes after testifying, he received an audit notice from the IRS


6 posted on 12/03/2013 9:25:27 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: topher
The ONLY way this will go away to defund it and move on.
Even if Chris "leg-man" Matthews himself would have gotten his personal data hacked due to the ACA site, he would not fault BO and the ACA..his take is that we need the ACA and that $hit like this just happens.
7 posted on 12/03/2013 9:25:39 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: Menehune56
Obama would come down hard on such a CEO and make a public display of such incompetence.

Yet if one of his buddies does this (Sebelius), this is okay...

And, of course, the head of the company responsible is good friends with Michelle Obama (using who you know/who you blow to do business with)...

8 posted on 12/03/2013 9:29:56 AM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

I heard they fixed this.

They are giving away Lifelock memberships with every new signup.


9 posted on 12/03/2013 9:31:48 AM PST by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: topher
Every person who looses or has lost his/her health care due to 0dumbocare should jump on the band wagon and hack away. That in itself should tie the POS website up for eternity.
10 posted on 12/03/2013 9:33:36 AM PST by Progov
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To: topher
topher: No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker

I read the article on CNBC
It is Very evident that the FED Government made no provision for security !
Go figure !
By going to the healthcare.gov website , you have the choice of fraud and theft by Govt. , or , identity theft by hackers .
What a choice !
That is why I say that this 'pogram' was purposely , from the very start , designed to fail.

11 posted on 12/03/2013 9:35:50 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: topher

The real problem is that the Govt. program sucks
THe website just demonstrates the amount of thought
that went into this healthcare program !!


12 posted on 12/03/2013 9:41:45 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Paul46360

Actually, if a hacker were to get a hold of some pro-Obama celebrity’s personal info through the healthcare account and post it for the world to see, that might speed up the demise of ObamaCare. At a minimum, it would have the DEMs playing even more defense on ObamaCare and the *true* conservatives ramming it down their throats in the 2014 elections.


13 posted on 12/03/2013 9:43:47 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: topher

They are not going to take it offline. Political points are riding on it.

And if anybody gets their data hacked, the government will tell them to go to hell. The victim has no recourse.


14 posted on 12/03/2013 9:46:58 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: topher

It’s ok. I’m not logging in.


15 posted on 12/03/2013 9:49:01 AM PST by struggle
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To: Paul46360

“The ONLY way this will go away to defund it and move on.”

Defunding it won’t make it go away. It may block the government from doing certain things, but not all, and it provides no legal protection for companies that decide to ignore it. There needs to be a functional path out of it.


16 posted on 12/03/2013 9:49:43 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: I want the USA back

>And if anybody gets their data hacked, the government will tell them to go to hell. The victim has no recourse.

The Kennedy fellow on the CNBC video said the government doesn’t even have to NOTIFY them that they’ve been hacked. Unbelievable.


17 posted on 12/03/2013 9:50:04 AM PST by struggle
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“It is Very evident that the FED Government made no provision for security “

That’s not quite true. They built on an interface to block people from getting plan information until they entered personally identifiable information.


18 posted on 12/03/2013 9:51:59 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: topher

Let it snow Class Actions en masse.


19 posted on 12/03/2013 10:04:15 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: lepton
lepton :" They built on an interface to block people from getting plan information until they entered personally identifiable information."

I dont believe that blocking data from the legally mandated consumer
counts as " website security" .
I consider it as "Bait and Switch" ..or playing financial 'three-card montey'

20 posted on 12/03/2013 10:08:28 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: topher

Hacking is now a patriot activity.


21 posted on 12/03/2013 10:14:09 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

It was tongue in cheek mockery - their main efforts at security was to attempt to keep the public in general, and the customers in particular from knowing what they were being sold.

So yeah...it’s fraudulent.


22 posted on 12/03/2013 10:21:29 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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23 posted on 12/03/2013 10:23:39 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Or put another way, the security put in place was directed against their enemies: the informed Public.


24 posted on 12/03/2013 10:24:03 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: topher; a fool in paradise

It shall be hacked, there’ll DOS attacks, thank your fellow hackers. (Fun for the whole family, just you wait and see.)


25 posted on 12/03/2013 10:43:35 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Injun barry


26 posted on 12/03/2013 12:44:44 PM PST by onedoug
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