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System Linked to Healthcare.gov Hacked, 75,000 People Affected

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Hackers reportedly accessed data from 75,000 people after breaching a system linked to the Healthcare.gov website. (GilbertC/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 22 October 2018 10:25 AM

Hackers breached a government system linked to Healthcare.gov, the portal for signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act website, gaining access to sensitive data on 75,000 people, officials revealed last week.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offered few details of the incident but said steps had been taken to secure the system while investigations were conducted into the breach.

A person uses the Healthcare.gov website to sign up for an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act and, when doing so, they are required to disclose personal data including their names, addresses and Social Security numbers, Tech crunch noted.

The system that was hacked is connected to the site and is used by insurance agents to help customers enroll in new plans.

It is not clear how the breach occurred or what data was stolen but CMS said the Healthcare.gov website was unaffected.

CMS noted that the agent and broker accounts associated with the breach have since been deactivated along with the direct enrollment pathway that they used.

"Our number one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work around the clock to help those potentially impacted and ensure the protection of consumer information," said CMS administrator Seema Verma in a statement. "I want to make clear to the public that HealthCare.gov and the Marketplace Call Center are still available, and open enrollment will not be negatively impacted."

Verma added that officials were working to identify the people who had been impacted by the breach "as quickly as possible" so that they can receive "resources such as credit protection."

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Hackers breached a government system linked to Healthcare.gov, the portal for signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act website, gaining access to sensitive data on 75,000 people, officials revealed last week.
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