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Official: Hackers tried repeatedly to attack Obamacare website
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:18:48 PM »
Welcome to your newest talking point, courtesy of CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/13/politics/hackers-attack-obamacare-site/index.html

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Washington (CNN) -- Hackers have attempted more than a dozen cyber attacks against the Obamacare website, according to a top Homeland Security Department official.

The attacks, which are under investigation, failed, said the official.

Authorities also are investigating a separate report of a tool designed to put heavy strain on HealthCare.gov through a so-called distributed denial of service. It does not appear to have been activated.

"We received about 16 reports from HHS that are under investigation and one open source report about a denial of service," according to Acting Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Roberta Stempfley of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

Stempfley testified at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee that the attempts were made between November 6 and November 8, but none were successful.

The DDOS program, called "Destroy Obama Care," was recently spotted on a "torrent" file sharing web page, and first reported last week on a blog by Arbor Networks, which said it found no evidence the program had actually been launched to attack the troubled federal portal for consumers to shop for health coverage.


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Re: Official: Hackers tried repeatedly to attack Obamacare website
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 06:36:16 PM »
And yet over 100,000 useful idiots smart citizens have turned in their private data at that website.

I think it would be just as risky to write your pin number on your debit card and drop it in the oversize ladies wear department of your local K-Mart.

Cut out the middle man.

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Re: Official: Hackers tried repeatedly to attack Obamacare website
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 11:35:16 PM »
That wasn't hackers, it was programmers!

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Re: Official: Hackers tried repeatedly to attack Obamacare website
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 08:33:03 AM »
I suspect this joke of a website is very hackable.
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Re: Official: Hackers tried repeatedly to attack Obamacare website
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 09:03:05 AM »
All through the depths of the net, the call went out. Free stuff if you sign up for health care!

The site was a bust, unstable and unusable. An injustice not to be born.

A thousand raging hackers leaped to they keyboards.

"We will be signed up." was their mantra. "We want what is ours by right!" OK, it wasn't spelled as neatly.

Time after time, trying back doors, exploiting security holes and promptly posting them on the 1337 message boards.

The NSA quietly smiled and wrote down their names.
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