Nothing to See Here, Other than Huge Security Problems with Healthcare.gov
December 20, 2013 - 2:26 pm
Nope. Nothing to see here at all. Sharyl Attkisson of CBS reports.
A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned.
Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the findings when she was interviewed Tuesday behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to members of Congress or the public. Obama administration officials have firmly insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security.
Barack Obama is still pitching this website. It’s a greater security threat than shopping at Target right now. It’s a hacker and identity thief magnet, yet it’s not secure. The Obamacare navigators are mostly leftwing activists who have felons among them. Felons! In some states they can’t even vote, but they’re being entrusted to handle Americans’ personal information. What can go wrong?
In another security bombshell, Fryer told congressional interviewers that she explicitly recommended denial of the website’s Authority to Operate (ATO), but was overruled by her superiors. The website was rolled out amid warnings Fryer said she gave both verbally and in a briefing that disclosed “high risks” and possible exposure to “attacks”.
Fryer also said that she refused to put her name on a letter recommending a temporary ATO be granted for six months while the issues were sorted out.
“My recommendation was a denial of ATO,” Fryer told Democrats and Republicans who sat in on the day-long interview. According to Fryer, she first recommended denying the ATO to CMS chief information officer Tony Trenkle based on the many outstanding security concerns after pre-launch testing.
“I had discussions with him on this and told him that my evaluation of this was a high risk,” Fryer told the committee. Trenkle retired from his CMS job on Nov. 13. He has not responded to CBS News interview requests.
Read the rest. Our government is knowingly engaging in gigantic consumer fraud.