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HealthCare.gov Portal Suffers Data Breach Exposing 75,000 Consumers
Yesterday 6:54pmFiled to: DATA BREACH
Sensitive information belonging to roughly 75,000 individuals was
exposed after a government healthcare sign-up system got hacked, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Friday.
The agency said that =E2=80=9Canomalous system activity=E2=80=9D was detect=
ed last week
in the Direct Enrollment system, which Americans use to enroll in
healthcare plans via the insurance exchange established under the
Affordable Care Act=E2=80=94also known as Obamacare.
A breach was declared on Wednesday. It=E2=80=99s unclear why the agency, a
division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chose to
not announce the incident sooner.
Officials said the hacked portal is used by insurance agents and brokers
to help Americans sign up for coverage and that no other systems were
involved. The affected system has been disabled. CMS said it hoped to
restore it before the end of next week.
The accounts linked to the suspicious activity have also been deactivated.
=E2=80=9CI want to make clear to the public that HealthCare.gov and the
Marketplace Call Center are still available, and open enrollment will
not be negatively impacted,=E2=80=9D CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a
statement. =E2=80=9CWe are working to identify the individuals potentially
impacted as quickly as possible so that we can notify them and provide
resources such as credit protection.=E2=80=9D
The agency did not supply any additional details regarding the types of
personal information exposed, though insurance applicants are typically
asked to provide sensitive details, such as Social Security numbers. A
request for comment was not immediately answered.
=E2=80=9CIt is important to note that CMS is in the beginning stages of the
assessment of this breach,=E2=80=9D CMS said. =E2=80=9CThis is an evolving =
we will continue to provide additional information.=E2=80=9D
This is a developing story.
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