Healthcaregov.: A MOST alarming breach of security
User applies for Obamacare, is sent highly confidential information from another couple
If there was any more reason to distrust Obamacare, people signing up online are now reporting that after registering, they are being sent HIGHLY confidential information from other applicants. There is always a potential risk when one enters private information online - but one incident is especially egregious.
There is always a potential risk when one enters private information online - but one incident with healthcare.gov is especially egregious.
"I was in complete shock," he says. A father who lives in North Carolina, logged on to the site after Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina dropped him.
After trying several times to access the problem-plagued web site, he finally made it past the registration page last week. That's when he was greeted with downloadable letters about eligibility - for two people in South Carolina!
Dated October 8, the letters acknowledge receipt of an application to the Health Insurance Marketplace and the eligibility of family members to purchase health coverage. One of the letters was to a lawyer from Elgin, South Carolina.
Writing to Heritage, he also contacted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers HealthCare.gov, as well as elected officials in his state. He has yet to hear back from HHS, even though HealthCare.gov still displays the personal information of the South Carolina residents on his account.
The Associated Press disclosed a government memo last week revealing the "high" security risk for HealthCare.gov. Last week's hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that the system was secure.
"When consumers fill out their online . applications, they can trust that the information they're providing is protected by stringent security standards and that the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure," HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said
Congressional members were quick to voice their concerns. "You accepted a risk on behalf of every user . that put their personal financial information at risk," Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) told Sebelius. "Amazon would never do this. ProFlowers would never do this. Kayak would never do this. This is completely an unacceptable level of security."
Users of HealthCare.gov are apparently leaving their personal information unsecured.
"Once it goes out over the system, it is vulnerable," cyber-security expert Steven Bucci says. "There appears to have been a singular lack of concern for security. The site needs to receive and transmit sensitive personal information, yet it has less than state of the art security."
© 2013, Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Politics & Policy News
- Marriage Liberation Movement: Global Defense of Marriage in France, China and Around the World
- Rush Limbaugh is Wrong, Karen Finney of MSNBC is Nuts: Pope Francis and Capitalism
- NSA REVELATIONS: Ways that would have been previously unimaginable
- Gap between rich and poor: Income gap threatens U.S. 'way of life,' Obama says
- Increasing numbers of young people opposing Obamacare
- Vatican, State Department defend embassy move
- Precedent set by Obama may lead to revolt against federal government, expert says
- Oops, we didn't think of that! Utah may pull NSA plug by cutting water supply to facility
- Small businesses will have to wait: Obama delays coverage to businesses for a year
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?