Hacks: ObamaCare exchanges are “target rich environments” …

Couple data points converged for me …

First, loyal readers may remember that  I was an identity theft victim.

Started a couple of weeks after my first e-filing of a tax return to the IRS.

Coincidence?

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Being sensitized to the ID theft issue, I noticed a couple of recent articles about “ripe pickings” …

 

First, there’s the ObamaCare Navigotor program.

A phalanx  of of freshly hired ‘navigators’ – drawn heavily from community organizing ranks – is charged with helping to sign people up for ObamaCare.

Here’s the rub:

These ‘navigators’ are going to have access to all kinds of personal information that will make the whole program ripe for fraud.

When helping individuals sign up for ObamaCare, these community organizers will have access to sensitive personal information, including social security numbers and tax information.

Amazingly, HHS is not planning on requiring background checks on these individuals before putting them to work. Source

Hmmm.

Personal information with no background checks.

Does that sound ripe for trouble or what?

Follow that up with a HHS directive issued last week”:

As Obamacare enrollment begins, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a directive to the program’s so-called Navigators:

Do not leave documents that contain PII [Personally Identifiable Information] or tax return information on printers and fax machines.” Source

My bet: this directive didn’t come out of the blue … there had to have been a problem.

So, we have private personal info lying around … and unvetted people  being given access to the data.

Let’s take this one more step.

Oct. 1 was the launch of the ObamaCare Exchanges.

General sense is that there are bugs and “hole’s” in the system.

Perhaps holes in the system big enough to drive a hacker’s truck through.

According to McAfee – a computer security outfit  …

Hackers are likely to take advantage of the rollout of ObamaCare exchanges by launching phishing attacks aimed at stealing personal information.

Phishing attacks are designed to dupe users into revealing credit-card numbers or other confidential data by delivering phony links or attachments in emails and messages on social media sites.

We live in a world where people look at compelling events and look to do something malicious.

Like natural disasters or other major events, consumers searching for information about the new health-care exchanges are likely to be willing to disclose personal information in the coming weeks.

Given the confusion over the rollout, consumers may also be more easily fooled by deceptive messages claiming to be from the government or health-care providers.

The threat of phishing attacks comes in addition to glitches that have mired the insurance exchanges.

Like many forms of cyber attacks, phishing scams have become more sophisticated in recent years.

McAfee warned it is seeing an increasing number of phishing schemes that try to trick users. Source

Then, there are the out-and-out hacks.

Consider that it only took a couple of days for hacks to workaround Apples new fingerprint ID technology.

How long do you think it will take hackers to find a back door into the  ObamaCare systems?

My bet: not long.

Then it’s Katy bar the door …

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