States face health law cybersecurity challenges

Feb 25, 2014 by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

(AP)—Security experts working for the government on the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law worried that state computer systems could become a back door for hackers.

Documents provided to The Associated Press show that more than two-thirds of state systems that were supposed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information for coverage were initially rated as "high risk" for security problems.

The administration says the documents offer only a partial and "outdated" snapshot, and the cited were either resolved or are being addressed. Officials say no successful cyber-attacks have taken place.

Back-door attacks have been in the news lately with the Target breach. Hackers are believed to have accessed information on millions of Target customers through the computer network of a contractor.

Explore further: Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe (Update)

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe (Update)

Feb 07, 2014

Minneapolis-based Target isn't commenting on reports that a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration company is being investigated as the possible portal through which computer hackers stole credit card numbers from 40 million ...

Hackers sue German government over NSA spying

Feb 03, 2014

A group of computer hackers and human rights campaigners in Germany announced Monday that they are suing their government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding foreign spies.

Recommended for you

Fighting cyber-crime one app at a time

1 hour ago

This summer Victoria University of Wellington will be home to four Singaporean students researching cyber threats. The students have been working with Dr Ian Welch, a lecturer in Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer ...

Is big data heading for its 'horsemeat moment'?

3 hours ago

There have been so many leaks, hacks and scares based on misuse or misappropriation of personal data that any thought that "big data" could provide benefits rather than only opportunities for harm may be ...

User comments : 0