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House warns: Obamacare website 'open to hackers, other online criminals'

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The Obamacare website is coming under new attack Thursday from House members on the chamber's high-tech committee who charge that the administration “cut corners” when building in security and that's left the door open “to hackers and other online criminals.”

The letter to President Obama from 22 members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee warns: “If the security flaws go unaddressed, the more people who use the site will simply mean more Americans vulnerable to identity theft.”

House and Senate Republicans and Democrats have been openly concerned about hackers stealing the personal information of those signing up for insurance on healthcare.gov. This is the first letter that suggests the administration hasn’t fixed the security flaws.

According to the office of one signer, Illinois Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, the healthcare.gov website is “one of the largest collections of personal information ever assembled, linking information from seven different federal agencies along with state agencies and government contractors. Americans who use the site must input personal contact information, birth dates and social security numbers, as well as income, tax and other financial information.”

In their letter, the lawmakers credited the administration’s efforts to fix the website’s capacity, but slammed the apparent lack of concern about security.

“Unfortunately, in its haste to launch the healthcare.gov website, it appears that your administration has cut corners that have left the website open to hackers and other online criminals,” said the letter, provided to Secrets. It adds: “If the security flaws go unaddressed, the more people who use the site will simply mean more Americans vulnerable to identity theft.”

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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