Authorities investigating cybersecurity incidents targeting Obamacare website
The Chicago Tribune reports:
U.S. authorities are investigating a series of cybersecurity incidents targeting the HealthCare.gov website at the center of President Obama’s healthcare law, a U.S. homeland security official told Congress on Wednesday.
Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, said her department was aware of “about 16” reports from the Department of Health and Human Services – which is responsible for implementing the healthcare law – on cybersecurity incidents related to the website.
Testifying before the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Stempfley also said officials were aware of an unsuccessful attempt by hackers to organize a “denial of service” attack to overwhelm and take down the website.
Read more on the Chicago Tribune. Some of the attempts clearly sound malicious, but I wonder how many attempts might be researchers poking around trying to test for vulnerabilities.