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December 3, 2013 - 7:40 am

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said while the Obamacare website may have gotten faster, the quick fixes to improve performance may have compromised website security even more.

“The level of security on this web site is not even up to minimal standards in the private sector and when you talk about the sheer sensitivity of the information that the hub has access to, so think about all of these different servers with really sensitive information go to the hub. None of it has been stress tested. So they’re adding new code constantly, which hasn’t been vetted appropriately. And every time you add new code, it changes the ecosystem of the security of the entire web site,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told Fox.

“None of that has been tested. So we know that this thing gets hit thousands of times a day by people trying to get in and get access, unauthorized access. They have no coordinated effort on every single day to try to monitor and track that. Matter of fact, they could not even provide someone, CMS and HHS, the two folks responsible for the healthcare.gov web site, couldn’t even provide someone in a classified setting to come up and talk about the breaches which they know have happened.”

Rogers called that “just unconscionable.”

“So what we do is you’re encouraging people to go to a site that our own government knows doesn’t meet safety standards when it comes to security of private information. That’s why I think this is so incompetent. And if you’re going to do this right, Greta, the way any other company would do it. And if you notice iPhone or Apple never says it’s this exact date that we’re going to do the opening. Why?” he continued. “Because they’re stress testing that system right up until it’s ready. Then they say it’s the fall. We’re going to go on, whatever, October 1. This they did it the other way around. We’re going to meet October 1 and we’re not going to stress test it. We’re going to go ahead and make all these people exposed to this problem and not tell them about it. That’s just wrong.”

The chairman said the problem is “they’re married to this political timeline.”

“I think they believe that their politics is mired in the success of the web site, let alone what you think of the health care product once it gets working. And I think that’s a serious mistake. No business would do this. I think the president could get a lot of points here if he stopped, backed up, and said we’re going to close this thing down until it is fully secure up to modern-day industry standards,” Rogers said. “I think he could get some kudo points for this. Instead, he has just decided I’m mired to this thing, and by god we’re going to do it no matter if people are losing their personal information or not. That’s wrong. If this were the private sector, I talked to a contractor who said we would get sued to the point we were not in business anymore if we were even close to doing what they’re doing on this web site. That’s a pretty good indication we shouldn’t be doing it.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The candidate who shut off the credit card security check system, became the president who hired the SAME company for your HIPPA information.

Then put the IRS in charge of penalizing you.

And...according to The Conversation at Breitbart...if you criticize this...it earns you an audit from the Financial Gestapo.


What part of this plan does NOT look like Bill Ayers plan to "attrition out" 25 million "bitter clingers". What part of this plan doesn't look like Robert Reich's "we are going to let you die"?

What part of this plan doesn't look like Cass Sunstein's Internet spy ring?

What part of this plan does not echo the Michael Pfleger minstrel chant about yo daddy's 401k and yo grand daddy's 401k?

If they had not ANNOUNCED their intentions, I still would be looking at them with deep suspicion.

But c'mon. They are small c communists...the jackboots gave way to the soft shoe dance. But the outcome is the same. Your protections are gone. You are the enemy. And you will be "transformed"...or eliminated.
51 weeks ago
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The default government position -

ObamaCare - Too Big to Fail

Come hell or high water.
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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,, http://www.jobs35.com
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"The chairman said the problem is “they’re married to this political timeline.”

That's the democrat way on any topic at all, married to the agenda, married to the narrative, married to the rhetoric. To hell with common sense or reality, which is exactly why they proceeded with the rollout fully aware that the sign up process was untested and far from ready for prime time.

Your compromised information means nothing to the dogmatist-in-chief, the guy on full display yesterday with his Chicago Thug declaration that...nothing in the world will stop them from steamrolling ahead with Obamacare as is.

Since the website's "back end" payment to insurance companies doesn't work at all, reportedly the new fix announced late yesterday is for insurance companies to "estimate" what they're due in costs & subsidies from the government and Kathleen Sebelius will cut the check.

Tin pot banana republic stuff.
50 weeks ago
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“just unconscionable.”
Pretty well describes this administration. Way past time to start impeaching lower level officials- why? because it's much easier than going after the culprits at the top. If the House of Representatives does not act then it is derelict in its duty.
51 weeks ago
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"And every time you add new code, it changes the ecosystem of the security of the entire web site"

Spoken like someone who's probably never written a line of code in his life.
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Years ago when Miss Hillary was a First Lady she advocated a rather coercive medical intrusion program and it is enough said that her Husband - and his Party - lost the House and the Senate.

They came back with a vengeance and shifted the wrong doing to the doctor for even recommending a procedure which is essence of Obamacare.

A sign of this emotional avalanche are the websites and their failures both in traffic handling and security issues. I say this because there was and is for these problems a perfectly safe solution.

I am not recommending it to help Obamacare which is a rabid dog that needs to be put down now.

I am reporting it because this is an example of their hubris. Or actually I am saying this because these people being perfect know nothing of failure - which are everybody else's fault or short sightedness.

The solution, by the way, is to not design a network of scale to reach out to the myriads servers the data must be sent to, but to use intelligent and complex form programs that create as many as discreet uploads to downstream servers as are required.

The issue with Conservative Pundits is that they haven't the bandwidth to attack these people for their lack of humility because in their righteousness they cannot afford anyone attack the Democrats for hubris because they want no one to look at their own hubris.

Sorrow and pity.

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51 weeks ago
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All information put on this site, by reliable sources, are subject to being stolen.

Now you want your social, credit cards, health records easily hacked and stolen, but do so being forewarned
51 weeks ago
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Congress needs to Shut Down the Healthcare.gov due to Federal Rule on ''Unsecured Website Policy''...HIPPA

Breach Notification Rule

Federal Trade Commission (FTC), apply to vendors of personal health records and their third party service providers, pursuant to section 13407 of the HITECH Act.

EVERYONE SHOULD CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND COMPLAIN USING THIS HITECT ACT AS THE REASON TO SHUT DOWN THE WEBSITE...PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND AND RETWEET...http://todaymade.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/retweet-viral.png

Interim final breach notification regulations, issued in August 2009, implement section 13402 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ..http://www2.ftc.gov/opa/2009/08/hbn.shtm
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
The candidate who shut off the credit card security check system, became the president who hired the SAME company for your HIPPA information.

Then put the IRS in charge of penalizing you.

And...according to The Conversation at Breitbart...if you criticize this...it earns you an audit from the Financial Gestapo.


What part of this plan does NOT look like Bill Ayers plan to "attrition out" 25 million "bitter clingers". What part of this plan doesn't look like Robert Reich's "we are going to let you die"?

What part of this plan doesn't look like Cass Sunstein's Internet spy ring?

What part of this plan does not echo the Michael Pfleger minstrel chant about yo daddy's 401k and yo grand daddy's 401k?

If they had not ANNOUNCED their intentions, I still would be looking at them with deep suspicion.

But c'mon. They are small c communists...the jackboots gave way to the soft shoe dance. But the outcome is the same. Your protections are gone. You are the enemy. And you will be "transformed"...or eliminated.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
The default government position -

ObamaCare - Too Big to Fail

Come hell or high water.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why does everybody continue to think that security is one of the goals of obamahillarycare?

You might as well believe that a strong economy is something they care about, or that equality of all citizens is important to them, or for that matter, that they place any value on citizenship at all. And it would be easy to add hundreds more.

The clear evidence proves the exact opposites.

Why give them credibility by assuming that their underlying objectives are honorable?
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