As engaged citizens, we already knew that the Obama administration had overstepped their bounds when they imposed a doomed-to-failure healthcare bill on us. We were not surprised when their incompetent implementation of the initial signup failed miserably. But there’s another aspect of the debacle that hasn’t received much publicity: the opportunity for identity theft that is present in the overall design of healthcare.gov.
On Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, the founder of the computer security software company McAfee, Inc., John McAfee, said that the online component of Obamacare “is a hacker’s wet dream” that will cause “the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities.”
For starters, McAfee said the way it is set up makes it possible for fake websites be set up to fool people to think they’re signing up for Obamacare.
“It’s seriously bad,” McAfee said. “Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program, but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. I mean, for example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, ‘OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states and pick and choose one.’”
“Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — and this is health care, after all — they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them,” he continued. “What’s my Social Security number? My birth date? What are my health issues?”
According to McAfee, there’s not a quick fix — and as long as it set up this way, it could be a playground for computer hackers. “Here’s the problem: It’s not something software can solve,” McAfee continued. “I mean, what idiot put this system out there and did not create a central depository? There should be one website, run by the government, you go to that website and then you can click on all of the agencies. This is insane. So, I will predict that the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities — I mean, you can imagine some retired lady in Utah, who has $75,000 dollars in the bank, saving her whole life, having it wiped out in one day because she signed up for Obamacare. And believe me; this is going to happen millions of times. This is a hacker’s dream. I mean I cannot believe that they did this.”
So, let’s look at what we now know: an expert in software security and defense against identity theft states, without equivocation, that the healthcare.gov design is an invitation to identity thieves to steal the identities (and assets) of scores of unsuspecting citizens who are simply trying to do what the law requires them to do.
Once more, the inept incompetence of the Obama administration and their disdain for this country’s citizens is exposed for all to see.