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November 3, 2013 - 8:19 am
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How would you feel if a letter from HHS addressed to you informing you of your eligibility for Obamacare ended up in the account of another HealthCare.gov user?

Meet Justin Hadley, from North Carolina, who received a shock when he opened his recently created account on HealthCare.gov and found two letters containing personal information addressed not to him, but to two total strangers.

Heritage blog The Foundry has the exclusive story:

Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.

“I was in complete shock,” said Hadley, who contacted Heritage after becoming alarmed at the breach of privacy.

Hadley, a North Carolina father, buys his insurance on the individual market. His insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, directed him to HealthCare.gov in a cancellation letter he received in September.

After multiple attempts to access the problem-plagued website, Hadley finally made it past the registration page Thursday. That’s when he was greeted with downloadable letters about eligibility — for two people in South Carolina.

The letters, dated October 8, 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 addressed to Thomas Dougall, a lawyer from Elgin, SC.

Hadley wrote to Heritage on Thursday night and 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.

Hadley reached out to Dougall on Friday to notify him of the breach. Dougall, who spoke to Heritage this evening, said he was evaluating health care options in early October. Dougall said he was able to register on HealthCare.gov, but decided not to sign up for insurance.

“The plans they offered were grossly expensive and didn’t provide the level of care I have now,” he said.

Dougall said he never saw the October 8 letter until Hadley sent it to him Friday.

After learning of the privacy breach, Dougall spent Friday evening trying to contact representatives from HealthCare.gov to no avail; he spent an hour waiting on the telephone and an online chat session was unhelpful. He also wrote to Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC).

“I want my personal information off of that website,” Dougall said.

Security is apparently an afterthought at the website. And given a report by AP last week that the site was a “high” security risk, it shouldn’t surprise us.

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Worrisome ? How about Horrifying ? How about Insane ?

We wasted nearly $1 trillion on a stimulus that stimulated nothing and bankrupt green energy boondoggles like Solyndra & Abound Solar, but this cost of this thing estimated $400-600 million and the company that couldn't get it up (QSSI an "Obama donor firm") is contracted to fix its own mess ?
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"How would you feel if a letter from HHS addressed to you informing you of your eligibility for Obamacare ended up in the account of another HealthCare.gov user?"

Unsurprised.
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The site (and thus the attendant databases from multiple agencies) are internally compromised, as this article shows, and the site has already been reported vulnerable to a trivial hack. How much malware has already been inserted into the system (not just the front end web site, but the multitude of subcomponent software elements, interface software, and databases) by people and organizations with malicious intent? With 500 million + lines of code (reported), there is at this point no means of realistically certifying the system as 'clean' short of taking it down and throwing it away.
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Everyone, The problem is a lot larger than health care.
Before you hyperventilate on this, just google your email address and see a complete list of your PJ comments linking your email address with your PJ name online, and more. See your linkedin, facebook profile, etc.
If you type it on the internet it'll be linked to you forever, and forever accessible to those with enough tech savvy. Big Brother and the Corporations already have the goods on everyone. What your political persuasion is, what you watch, read, buy, type in blogs online, etc. Our lives are already an open book to everyone who is willing to look or pay a data mining firm to provide. They are creating algorithms as I write this to make behavioral predictions about us; to anticipate our next impulse, action or thought.
They just haven't yet figured out how to exploit Big Data fully but give them time, they will. We've created our own 'All Seeing Eye,' our own 'One Ring to Rule them All.' Tolkien would be stunned by our stupidity in creating a technology that in Evil hands can control us and plunge us into perpetual slavery and darkness. I'm not a Luddite but to create such capabilities without first creating the safeguards it must have is to protect us is a deadly mistake. I fear for our future.
As for PJ Media & TV, better security of our profiles in your database would be appreciated and should be mandatory. In fact, I'd like to see a statement from the management stating what they're doing to protect our privacy.
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Yikes. I thought my email address was hidden. I got four hits. Two that were intentional publications of my email address, one copy of an email bounce that it looks like a spammer sent to me and prominently, my PJMedia account. PLEASE improve the security on that.
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This is rather a shocking read.

No morsel too miniscule..."After all, American intelligence officials reasoned, who’s going to find out?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/world/no-morsel-too-minuscule-for-all-consuming-nsa.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp&;
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When he said he was going to fundamentally transform America, the majority cheered. If that didn't get their attention, maybe this will. If not maybe it'll take still more. And more is to come.
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With all of this spying and recording everything we do. How come one thing has yet to be claimed and stopped? Your thoughts, because I already know why!

William Benny - The Government is Profiling You (The NSA is Spying on You)


William Benny - The Government is Profiling You (The NSA is Spying on You)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB3KR8fWNh0
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The 'privacy' party (progressives/democrats) proves once again that they aren't concerned with breeches in privacy. The LIV will believe Zero when he tells them its Booosh's fault since most of them can't compute 2+2. Logical thinking is dead in this country.



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This is a "colossal cluster shmuck in the desert" - by design. Voter fraud is the name of the game; by utilizing "navigators" that are not subject to restrictions on political speech because they are not government employees. What the hell kind of a site - that is to handle sensitive personal information - tells us openly that "there is no expectation of privacy"????? A fraudulent site run by nefarious groups masquerading as experts in order to make some easy money.
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