HealthCare.gov server hacked
A government security team last month found malware on a Health and Human Services (HHS) server that supports the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, HHS confirmed to CBS News on Thursday.
The commonplace malware was designed to launch “denial of service” attacks against other websites, HHS said, and there is no evidence any consumers’ personal information was sent to any external IP address. The attack did not appear to directly target HealthCare.gov, and the server that was targeted did not contain any consumers’ personal information. (yeah, right)
HHS on Thursday briefed congressional staff about the breach, which happened in July and was discovered on August 25 during a routine review of security logs, according to the Wall Street Journal. The hacker was traced to a foreign IP address but is not believed to be a state actor, according to an HHS official.
After the breach was discovered, HHS leadership and the HHS Office of the Inspector General (the agency’s independent watchdog) were quickly notified about it. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S.-CERT) helped respond to the hack.
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