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Friday, September 05, 2014

Hackers Break Into

Hackers successfully breached, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.

Instead, the hackers installed malicious software that could have been used to launch an attack on other websites from the federal insurance portal.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said the website component that was breached had been used for testing and did not contain consumer information, such as names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and income details.

The initial intrusion took place July 8, but it was not detected until Monday of last week during a manual scan of system logs. HHS said the component that was breached did not have a firewall, or intrusion detection software, installed on it. Technicians manually scanning logs discovered the breach Aug. 25 and took action.


1 comment:

ginn said...

I don't believe anything the federal gov't says any longer. And, this is just one more lie they've puked on us. Let me assure you that these hackers did not just browse in and install some malware. They have most assuredly escalated their presence as this was a server that was breached and it happened 5 weeks ago. I don't know who the feds think they're kidding about this but it isn't me. The headline should read " Owned By Hackers".