There have been “about 16 reports” of cyber-attacks on the Obamacare website, an official of the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. It has been the subject of a “handful” of hacking attempts, including one intended to shut the site down, DHS assistant secretary Roberta Stempfley said.
In at least one of the attempts, hackers tried to overwhelm the website with automated inquiries, in an attempt to overload the serves until they crash. Stempfley reported that this attack did not succeed, and did not detail how the other attacks were conducted.
Since the beginning of the disastrous Obamacare rollout, people have expressed worry about information security. Less than trustworthy “navigators” have access to our personal information, a Minnesota Obamacare-exchange employee e-mailed thousands of social security numbers to an insurance broker, and people’s personal information is being sent through a website that has yet to function properly.
Another DHS official said that “none of these [cyber attack] incidents were considered significant. There have not been any reports . . . of any successful attacks on the Healthcare.gov website to date.”
Officials within the Obama administration have denied that there are any security issues with Healthcare.gov. HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters previously said that consumers “can trust that the information they’re providing is protected by stringent security standards and that the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure.”