Healthcare.gov hacked but no personal data stolen

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US government officials have confirmed that a hacker was able to access the Healthcare.gov earlier this year and upload malicious software to the insurance website. The breach, which was only discovered by the Department of Health and Human Services last week, took place in July. The officials reported the hack marked the first successful attack on Healthcare.gov, but specified the hacker wasn’t specifically targeting the site, and that no personal records of the 5.4 million people who have used the site to buy health insurance since it launched were stolen.

The hacker reportedly uploaded malware that would allow Healthcare.gov’s server to be used as a weapon in a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. With the software uploaded,…

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