Good News: Only 35 Of 50 State Exchange Websites Were Deemed “High Risk”
Or is that 35 out of 58 states? Does the 58th have an Exchange? Has Obama visited it yet?
(Fox News) Security experts worried that 35 state health exchange websites were vulnerable to hackers and were rated as “high risk” for security problems before ObamaCare’s launch, documents obtained by Fox News show.
Fears that the health law’s websites could put consumers at risk have plagued the program’s rollout from the beginning, but the administration told The Associated Press that the documents offer only a partial and “outdated” snapshot of an improving situation.
While most have been fixed or are being addressed, and there have been no (reported) cyber attacks, the very fact that they would launch the websites with this knowledge and expose Americans to potential cybercrime
In order to connect to federal computers, state and other outside systems must undergo a security review and receive an “authority to connect.”
With the health care law, states needed approval to connect to a new federal data hub, an electronic back room that pings Social Security, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security to verify personal details about people applying for government-subsidized insurance. The hub handles sensitive information, including income, immigration status and Social Security numbers.
The documents, seen by Fox News, showed a high-stakes decision-making process playing out against a backdrop of tension and uncertainty as the clock ran out. In one e-mail from Sept. 29, a Sunday two days before the launch, Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote of the state security approvals, “The front office is signing them whether or not they are a high risk.” Her agency, known as CMS, also administers the health care law.
Team Obama was more concerned with launching their websites than the security of American’s, and intentional exposed citizens to potential life-changing cybercrime. It’s not like they had years to get this right. Were they a private corporation, The Government would investigate, castigate, and possibly file charges against that company.
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