Earlier this year, the Federal Government website for The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, HealthCare.Gov, was hacked.
This is a tremendous security breach. Malicious spyware was uploaded. That is done by hackers to exploit the breach in the future. The attack took place in July, less than a year after HealthCare.Gov began operations. This is an attack that was known about: there could be others, especially with all of the problems that have taken place with the showcase website for ObamaCare! Needless to say, health care data is the most sensitive for the individual as it contains the most personal of information. It ranges from medical conditions to family history to relevant financial data, among much, much more for the consumer.
HealthCare.Gov was a disaster at the beginning; and now its operations do not appear to be much better for the American public!
An article in The Hill, a newspaper dedicated to Capitol Hill happenings, bu Elise Viebeck and Julian Hattem, “Healthcare.gov was Hacked in July, Feds Say,” reported that, “According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), agency officials noticed a problem with one of the test servers used by the ObamaCare website last week. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security were called in to investigate the attack. Congressional staffers were briefed about the hack on Thursday…”
It is comforting for Americans to know that about $1 billion was spent on Healthcare.Gov and it is not safe!
The Department of Health and Humans Services stated that, ““Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted. We have taken measures to further strengthen security.”
Based on the performance of HealthCare.Gov, that statement, for some reason, does not inspire much confidence in the security of the website!