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Bryan Preston


October 30, 2013 - 7:52 am

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) tore into HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for putting millions of Americans’ personal data at risk via’s lack of end-to-end security testing prior to its launch.

Rogers detailed’s security problems: “So let me tell you what you did. You allowed the system to go forward with no encryption on back-up systems. They had no encryption on certain boundary crossings. You accepted a risk on behalf of every user of this computer that put their personal financial information at risk because you did not even have the most basic end-to-end test on security of this system. Amazon would never do this. Proflowers would never do this. Kayak would never do this. This is completely an unacceptable level of security, and here’s the scary part, we found out after the contractors last week that an end-to-end test hadn’t been conducted on security, not functionality, because if it’s not functioning, you know it’s not secure. Your ongoing hot patches without end-to-end tests. The private contractors told us it would take a very thorough two months just for an integrated end-to-end security test, which hasn’t happened, because you’re constantly adding new code every night to protect the functionality of the system. You have exposed millions of Americans because you all, according to your memo, believed it was an acceptable risk. Don’t you think you had the obligation to tell the american people that we’re going to put you in this system, but beware, your information is likely to be vulnerable?”

Rogers asked Sebelius to shut down until its security issues could be addressed, but she refused.

More: Video: Sebelius Says ‘Has Never Crashed’ as CNN Shows It Crashed

UPDATE: The AP reports that it has obtained an internal government document detailing concerns over the lack of security testing with

The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn’t able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.

Insufficient testing “exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk,” the memo said.

The memo recommended setting up a security team to address risks, conduct daily tests, and a full security test within two to three months of going live.

At a congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site’s security certification is temporary, but asserted consumers’ personal information is secure.

Clearly, that was not accurate.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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That's your reality, Bryan. To the left, reality is just an a priori that exists only in the imagination.

As an automobile analogy, ObamaCare demands we can only buy BMW SUVs.
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Obamacare demands we give our credit card to a gang banger to go buy us the BMW SUV.
Ask any web site host how many times a minute there are attempts to log in to the back end of any web site from a Chinese IP address. PJMedia? Maybe they are just keeping an eye on their investment.
1 year ago
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This is what happens when the people running your government are totally INCOMPETENT!! OBAMA IS INCOMPETENT! Obama's top appointees in almost every department of government are INCOMPETENT! Obama likes incompetence in those around him because they never questions his or Valerie Jerrett's orders, his lack of leadership, or his ability to make intelligent decisions, which he is incapable of, regardless of all the hoopla about his "so called" intelligence! The only thing he does well is try to destroy the Constitution!
1 year ago
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If it were mere incompetence by this administration I doubt it'd be this bad. IMO this is a planned action designed to cause We The People to beg for single payer health care, at least among the dumber of us. Once that happens and single payer is 'the law of the land' the trap is sprung. End of US - no more We The People - no more world power. And darkness will descend on the world. At least this is the plan of the NWO.

1 year ago
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The clock is now ticking on how long it will take to get to single-payer (government run) "healthcare".

This is the goal.

It is all intentional.

Whomever is "ousted" by the regime will find themselves with a nice stipend or salary from the national socialist party.

The media is doing exactly what the regime wants them to do.
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