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Woman Signs Up For Obamacare And Has Identity Stolen

Obamacare identityExperts’ warnings about the Obamacare website’s complete lack of security apparently have been justified. The website reportedly gave at least three unknown individuals access [1] to a woman’s Social Security number, address and other data that could be used for identity theft.

Customer service operators at Healthcare.gov’s 1-800 number told Lisa Martinson about the unauthorized access when she called in to change her password [2], St. Louis TV station Channel 4 reported. When Martinson asked for her information to be removed from the site she was told it would take five days.

“If you’re signing up on healthcare.gov your information could be accessed by complete strangers,” Steve Savard an anchor at Channel 4 told viewers. Savard also said that the Department of Health and Human Services told him that it was taking the necessary steps to address Martinson’s concerns but didn’t say what those steps were.

“I just want my information that’s on there right now to be gone – right now – and nobody can do that,” Martinson said.

Martinson’s case is just the latest security breach at an Obamacare health insurance [3] exchange. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, Social Security numbers and other data about 2,400 insurance agents [4] working with the Minnesota Obamacare health insurance exchange were accidently emailed to an insurance broker in September.

McAfee Founder: Healthcare.gov is full of holes

These incidents apparently validate the claims of online security experts who have examined healthcare.gov and pronounced it unsafe.

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“It’s so full of holes that hackers are licking their chops,” John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus company McAfee Inc., said of Healthcare.gov. That was one of several allegations about Healthcare.gov [6] McAfee made to Fox News. The allegations include:

“Their bank accounts are going to be emptied not just by hackers but by the exchanges themselves because there are no controls,” McAfee said, “there are no security points that can guarantee the security of our data.”

Grave Concerns in the Security

McAfee’s concerns were echoed by Paul Oster, CEO of Better Qualified [8], a company that specializes in identity theft resolution.

“No it’s not safe,” Oster said in a Fox Business News segment. “You have identity thieves, very tech savvy people that have gotten their hands on the source code, the programming, the reverse engineering.”

Oster’s concerns were even more troubling than McAfee’s. His charges against healthcare.gov included:

It should be noted here McAfee and Oster were discussing healthcare.gov. Healthcare.gov functions as the Obamcare exchange for states that are not operating their own exchanges such as Missouri. The two were not discussing security at the state exchanges.

John McAfee said that there is no way to fix the holes in the security at healthcare.gov.

“From a security standpoint you cannot fix these holes without completely redoing the architecture and that means throw the thing out and start over,” McAfee said.

McAfee predicted that the administration will make a cosmetic fix of healthcare.gov that will look good but the site will still be filled with holes. He also predicted there will be more problems as more and more people use the site.

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