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Security Expert: HealthCare.gov 'Riddled With Vulnerabilities'

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 01:45 PM

The news that a portion of HealthCare.gov was hacked, in combination with other issues, is a reminder that the federally run healthcare exchange website is "riddled with vulnerabilities," cyber-security expert Steve Weisman tells Newsmax TV.

The Obama administration reported Thursday that HealthCare.gov was hacked in July but no personal information was compromised.

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Weisman told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" Tuesday that he buys "half" of the administration's story.

"I buy in this particular instance, perhaps, personal information did not get out," he said.
"I'm not particularly thrilled at the response that they gave that this particular server was not supposed to be connected to the Internet. Well, guess what? It was connected to the Internet.

"Even if no personal information got out this time, unfortunately HealthCare.gov is riddled with vulnerabilities," he said.

The author of "Identity Theft Alert,"  Weisman said there was a story "last summer [that] didn't get a lot of play."

"There was a contractor that was involved with HealthCare.gov, and one of the navigators left a backpack with written personal information of 400 people who were in the Affordable Healthcare Act on a backpack on a street in Hartford," Weisman said.

"It is all kinds of problems," he said. "Medical identify theft is extremely dangerous.

"It's dangerous not just in usual ways of identity theft, but in fact your medical records can get corrupted with someone who gets in your medical insurance and because of problems with privacy laws, get the wrong blood transfusion," he said.

When that happens, Weisman says, "it becomes very difficult for someone who's privacy has been invaded through identity theft to have to remove the false information from their medical records."

The cyber-security expert says that "another thing that's shocking me are the navigators."

"These are the people who are getting all of the personal information when someone connects to HealthCare.gov or calls in," he said. "Under the Affordable Healthcare Act, there are no background checks on this." 

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