A hacker broke into a part of HealthCare.gov website (Federal Health Insurance Site) & succesfully uploaded malicious files during late July. Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach.
According to The Wall Street Journal, even though the hack took place, no evidence shows that personal information was taken during the breach. HHS officials only discovered the hack a week ago, according to the Journal.
“Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted,”
The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. “We have taken measures to further strengthen security.”
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The attack on the site, where a potential risk of millions of individuals information is accessed, is the most recent in a string of high-profile data breaches.
Community Health Systems, one of the primary hospital operators in the united states, is also dealing with a class-action lawsuit after having 4.5 million patient records accessed by sophisticated chinese hackers.
Information of the HealthCare.gov breach emerged hours following President Barack Obama appointed former Google executive Megan Smith to be the next U.S. chief technology official.
The recent data breaches of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Home Depot Inc., and celebrities’ iPhones, the HealthCare.gov hack shows that large organizations haven’t yet mastered how to secure data they collect from consumers.