US won't reveal records on health website security

August 19, 2014 by Jack Gillum

The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's signature health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in. Earlier, the administration had promised not to withhold government information over "speculative" fears.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a request by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act for documents about the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded exchange, called HealthCare.gov.

The AP requested the records late last year amid concerns raised by Republicans about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions from signing up for insurance under President Barack Obama's .

Explore further: Obama takes step to improve government technology

Related Stories

Obama takes step to improve government technology

August 11, 2014

The White House is announcing the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

April 19, 2014

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

States face health law cybersecurity challenges

February 25, 2014

(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.

Obama symbolically signs up for Obamacare

December 23, 2013

US President Barack Obama has symbolically signed up for health insurance to promote his own controversial health care reform legislation, a White House official said Monday.

2.6 million 'inconsistencies' in federal insurance applications

July 3, 2014

(HealthDay)—Two new U.S. reports suggest it's possible that people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on the federal government's health care website—or state websites in California and Connecticut—may ...

Recommended for you

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

alfie_null
not rated yet Aug 19, 2014
Choosing not to reveal, for that reason? Seems like that would send a signal to the hackers: here's a site ripe with potential.

Choosing security through obscurity is a safe decision for bureaucrats - you can never be blamed for making the wrong decision. An unlikely choice for IT security specialists though.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.