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  •  The fact that the site hasn't been hacked "yet" .. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, hmi

    is irrelevant.  That it will be is a foregone conclusion; no doubt many hackers have been studying the challenge ever since it was publicly revealed.  The real question is how much damage will be done to the individuals whose personal, identifying information will be stolen and how much money/grief it will cost them trying to undo it all ... not to mention the damage to the reputations of those who designed the system and others who signed off on its lack of security.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:08:26 PM PDT

    •  We'll see (2+ / 0-)
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      The gist of your post: "Someday someone is going to do something bad to somebody. Maybe tomorrow, maybe in a hundred years. Who knows when?" Who could argue with that? The reality is there's not a lot worth hacking off of since all the financial transactions take place at the private insurance company websites.

    •  Haven't heard of Medicare site (1+ / 0-)
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      Being hacked.  

    •  Hacked? (2+ / 0-)
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      brokeagain, jqb

      You sound positively hopeful that the website will be hacked. But though it's possible, it isn't likely.  Medicare hasn't been hacked as far as I know nor has social security.(I may be wrong about SS but if it was, it was limited.).

      So would your remedy be to just not have an affordable care act?

      •  Websites containing personal identifying info ... (0+ / 0-)

        names, addresses, SSNs, birthdates, etc. ... the world over have been hacked relentlessly, to the despair (and worse) of the victims.  Medicare may not have been hacked, but it has security controls.  The ACA has been reported to lack even basic security features, making it a prime target.  

        It's ridiculous to suggest that the entire Act would have to be sacrificed.   But yes, at a minimum, the website should either be taken down or the info required be reduced until such time as "the greatest minds in the IT industry" get around to prioritizing this issue.  Having had several years to do so, though, it doesn't seem likely it'll happen anytime soon.  Meanwhile, intelligent applicants will stay away, knowing that no one can be bothered to take the simplest steps to protect their critical information.

        If some (clueless) applicants don't care about the risk, they're free to proceed.  But let's not pretend like this is the best website in the world when, in fact, a first-year programmer with a conscience could have done far better.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:49:12 PM PDT

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        •  Seriously you don't believe that this has ANYTHING (3+ / 0-)
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          kayatz3, JuliathePoet, jqb

          to do with trying to sabotage ObamaCare??? Republicans has already lied about it and in my home state of CA they even put up a fake ACA site to divert people from the REAL enrollment site. Then they posted all kinds of misinformation and they even had a disclaimer (convenantly hidden) that said they could not verify ANY of the information on their site as being accurate or true.

          If think that this is more than a cheap stunt then I wonder about YOUR intellegence.

        •  "The ACA has been reported" (0+ / 0-)

          Stop watching Faux News.

        •  The entire history of the software industry (1+ / 0-)
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          is to retrofit security after the first few functional versions of whatever it is have already been put into production.  I personally found a huge security hole (one of many) in IBM's flagship mainframe operating system while doing research for a National Bureau of Standards (the ancestor of today's NIST) report, decades ago.  That was back when Bill Gates was still in high school.  Of course, MS-DOS and Windows repeated the same idiotic pattern, because Gates et al were too busy keeping ahead of the competition to pay any attention to lessons learned by IBM mainframers.

          Point is, while security certainly wasn't designed into the ACA website, contractors are bound to have been busy over the past few months doing the traditional retrofits.  And while retrofitting is always clumsier and more expensive than getting it right the first time, it's in the grand tradition of software engineering as I've known it and lived it.

        •  Hacking the aca (0+ / 0-)

          I don't know where you are getting your information, but I suspect it's from Fox, and that is a proven source of lies and other misinformation.  

          More likely you are part of the decreasing number of people who fear and loathe the affordable care act.

    •  Of course it is (1+ / 0-)
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      going to be hacked.  Darrell just hasn't had the time, yet . . .  he's been too busy Benghazi.

    •  None. (0+ / 0-)

      ""The real question is how much damage will be done  to the individuals whose personal, identifying information will be stolen"

      There's no such information. If it weren't too late I'd HR this for the RW memes.

    •  California's exchange,, (0+ / 0-)

      hasn't been hacked to the best of my knowledge, but it has already been spoofed by a notorious fake site put up by Assembly Rethuglicans.  When a Californian unfortunate enough to have a GOP representative (either in DC or Sacramento) calls the rep's office to inquire about signing up for Obamacare, the poor sap is directed to the disinformation site.

       I suspect that quite a few of the hackers

      studying the challenge ever since it was publicly revealed
      are having their expenses paid by one of the Koch brothers' many front groups.  There, and in the private insurance companies, is where the money is.

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