Healthcare.gov is an Easy Target of Hackers, Security Experts Have Testified

Four computer security experts including a ‘white-hat hacker’ have testified Obamacare website Microsoft Silverlight could be an easy target of hackers. The website invites sign up for attaining new healthcare insurance for individuals, family and small businesses could be a readily available resource to capture details on signee’s details. Security experts have warned Congress that the “website should be shut down” at the ‘Republican-sponsored hearing’ held by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Why Healthcare.gov should be offline?   

Four computer security experts have warned that until the critical security flaws are addressed and patched, the website can be hacked by malware writers to extract personal information of signees. David Kennedy, the white hat hacker of the group of four computer security experts have suggested before the Science, Space and Technology Committee that –

“The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent the attacks from happening. And none of those are clearly being done on the Healthcare.gov website,”

He added that “Just by looking at the website, we can see that there is just fundamental security principles that are not being followed.”

Hackers can monitor chat and webcam!

Kennedy who hacks online programs and websites to identify security flaws has demonstrated at the committee how hackers would try to exploit and compromise the database of the site and extract personal information. According to Kennedy, the security flaws can even expose Healthcare.gov signees to much more than data theft. He had shown that how hackers can get access to and monitor users’ activities via webcam, listen to their chats via microphone, steal their passwords and any activity they carry out using their computer.

Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee has affirmed that “massive amount” of personal and financial collected through the website has made Healthcare.gov a “tempting target for scam artists”. He concluded that “Mr. President, take down this website.”

The Healthcare.gov website is currently down stating that “scheduled maintenance” is being performed. Before you sign up for any site, equip your PC with the security of hacking-proof protection by installing TechGenie Total Security.

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