Security of the Obamacare Website Is the Republicans’ Next Battleground

Memos indicate that the lack of testing left high security risks going into the Oct. 1 launch.

Maginot line: Calling all hackers.
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 1, 2013, 3:38 a.m.

Se­cur­ity ex­perts are say­ing the patch­work meth­od of fix­ing the fed­er­al health in­sur­ance ex­change site raises con­cerns, The Wall Street Journ­al re­ports.

The doubts raised by ex­perts add to the re­cent slew of se­cur­ity ques­tions com­ing from Re­pub­lic­ans. Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if., chair­man of the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee, sub­poenaed the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment for in­form­a­tion on Health­ and wheth­er it is safe from hack­ers.

El­ev­en Re­pub­lic­ans on the Sen­ate Fin­ance Com­mit­tee are also re­quest­ing more in­form­a­tion about the site’s se­cur­ity and sent a let­ter to HHS Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us in­dic­at­ing their con­cerns.

A Sept. 27 memo signed by Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices Ad­min­is­trat­or Mar­ilyn Taven­ner said the se­cur­ity of Health­ was not been tested end-to-end.


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