Healthcare.gov Hacked But They Swear It’s Totally No Big Deal
September 4, 2014 - 4:54 pm
A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance portal this summer but federal authorities said the intruder did not seem to have taken consumer data. Millions of Americas registered on the site to purchase insurance.
“Today, we briefed key congressional staff about an intrusion on a test server that supports HealthCare.gov. Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted. We have taken measures to further strengthen security,” a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services statement said.
The hacker appears to have accessed a server and uploaded harmful software, which can be used to launch other attacks, although a CMS spokesman said those attacks were not in fact carried out. Still, it is believed to be the first time a hacker has entered the federal health insurance website.
Hey, if the government says it’s ok, it’s ok, got it?
Now we can all just look forward to our incompetent, non-medical professional overlords making life or death decisions.