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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Healthcare.gov Hacked

by JASmius



There is a reason why one does not begin construction of a house or an office building with the roof, and of a ship by installing its sails in lieu of its keel. Similarly, the security features of a website traditionally have been the first order of business in its construction rather than an afterthought.

Except....
A top federal official has admitted that "high" and "moderate" security risks have been discovered on the ObamaCare website in recent weeks, giving credence to months of claims by both experts and users that the site is vulnerable to security breaches.

Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified about the risks during a December 17th hearing before the House Oversight Committee which has been investigating issues with the troubled site.

"In recent weeks" being the eye-catching phrase in this quote. The gaping security breaches in healthcare.gov are not a recent discovery, leading to the question: Is this the Regime finally grudgingly admitting these risks, or are these new risks introduced with the so-called "fixes" to previous "glitches"? I know which way I'm leaning....

But since the Oversight Committee started delving into the security issue, it has produced evidence that the government was aware of high security risks in advance of the launch, and also that final top-to-bottom security tests were never implemented.

I suspect that these security omissions, deficiencies, and "risks" were deliberate, intended as another backdoor evisceration of the Fourth Amendment protection against "The right of the people to be secure in their houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures...." [emphases added]

- Me, twenty-seven months ago


<Sigh>:

Computer hackers infiltrated the official government site used by Americans to manage their health care coverage and stole sensitive personal information from hundreds of people, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.

At least 316 users had such information as their names, addresses, social security numbers and personal finance data stolen over eighteen months between October 2013 and March, 2015, according to the GAO.

The agency blamed "weaknesses in technical controls" for the hacks. [emphasis added]

I'll guarantee you, these are the first 316 to which the Obama Regime has grudgingly and quietly admitted.  The gross number of identify theft victims is almost certainly in the thousands or millions, and that doesn't count the massive, NSA-like database of Americans' personal information, to be exploited in perpetuity for political and criminal purposes, that they've constructed already.

I'm not a soothsayer, folks; it's just horse sense, paying attention and Sun Tzu's first rule of war: "If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles".

Trumplicans and "anti-establishmentarians" may want to give it a try some time soon.

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