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Security Experts: Don’t Use Obama-Care Site

From Fox News:

Healthcare.gov ‘may already have been compromised,’ security expert says

November 19, 2013

Not only is healthcare.gov at risk, it may already have been compromised, a security expert testified before the Senate. “Hackers are definitely after it,” said David Kennedy, CEO of information security firm TrustedSEC before a House Science, Space, and Technology committee hearing on security concerns surrounding the problematic Healthcare.gov website.

“And if I had to guess, based on what I can see … I would say the website is either hacked already or will be soon.”

Kennedy told FoxNews.com he based this on an analysis revealing a large number of SQL injection attacks against the healthcare.gov website, which are indicative of "a large amount" of hacking attempts.

"Based on the exposures that I identified, and many that I haven’t published due to the criticality of exposures – if a hacker wanted access to the site or sensitive information – they could get it," he told FoxNews.com…

One key problem facing Healthcare.gov is that security wasn’t built into the site from the very beginning, he said — an opinion shared by both Kennedy and Fred Chang, the distinguished chair in cyber security at Southern Methodist University.

“There’s not a lot of security built into the site, at least that’s what we can see from a 10,000 foot view,” Kennedy told the committee. And although the site doesn’t house medical records, it integrates deeply with other sites, includes ecommerce information, and houses a vast array of data that presents a very salient target.

In other words, the website provides a way into other government websites.

“It’s not only social security numbers … it’s one of the largest collections of personal data, social security and everything else, that we’ve ever seen,” Kennedy said.

Of course, this is the Obama ‘database’ that Maxine Waters was bragging about.

Avi Rubin, technical director of Johns Hopkins University’s Information Security Institute [said that] the healthcare industry is indeed woefully behind [when it comes to security].

“It’s actually the most far behind in terms of security … there are even things in the operating room that surprise me. I think the healthcare it industry needs to learn a lot from some of the other industries to bring its security up to par,” Rubin said.

Rubin called for a security review of the site, but stopped short of calling for a complete tear down and rebuild of the healthcare.gov site. Others were less cautious.

“You can bolt a metal door on to make a house better, but if the foundation is bad…” Kennedy said.

All four cyber security experts unanimously concurred that, given the security issues, Americans should not use the site at present.

We hope those four experts are prepared for an in depth audit from the IRS in their immediate futures. They are what used to be called ‘wreckers’ in the Soviet Union.

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