John McAfee on healthcare.gov

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.

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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.

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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.



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8 replies

  1. And then while perusing the news I find an article noting that there are 700 cyber-squatters with sound alike names to snag the idiots who want that garbage insurance.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-launch-spawns-700-cyber-squatters-capitalizing-on-healthcare.gov-state-exchanges/article/2537691

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    • Glad to see you Gar! Was there ever any doubt? It apparently never occurred to the brain surgeons running the Obamacare rollout that cyber squatters would snatch up all of the names that folks might mistakenly think is the real site – it does, however, parallel the massive brainpower that is all too evident in the rollout of the .gov site.

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  2. Garnet, it’s easy to blame OChumpo for this, but their are plenty of players who have a share of the blame, and the Old Guard GOP is part of the problem too.

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    • Agreed Gar, he just represents the pinnacle of incompetence. And you’re right, the GOP’s hands aren’t clean either. Too many of the “establishment” geezers in “leadership” positions are just as worthless as the dems.

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  3. That reminds me of the old joke: “Someone stole my wife’s credit card, but I didn’t turn it in because whoever had it was spending less on it than she had been.”

    Yes, it is ID Theft Central, however, as bad as that is, what the Feds will wind up doing with the information is likely going to be as bad or worse. This amount of information control is part of what brings to mind Orwells 1984 or even THX 1138. No one will have secrets from Big Brother and Big Brother ain’t all that friendly.

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    • A hat trick of comments, Gar! I like that old joke, hadn’t heard it in many moons, but it is on point nonetheless! As if we aren’t already “over exposed” via the NSA, et al, is there anything else that big bro doesn’t already know? Precious little, I’d say and with the supposed ability to surreptitiously turn on our “smart” device’s camera and microphone, what’s left?

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  4. Right doc, hacking the EMR system will be just as lucrative as the healthcare.gov since it’ll contain even more personal information. And, complying with its requirements is one more reason for aging doctors to retire early or go to work for some mega-hospital or worse, dissuade young people from becoming doctors in the first place – we are going to run out of healthcare providers to take care of those old folks who will be left penniless yet still need help. It’s a dark, unhappy road we’re going down thanks to Obama.

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  5. If you happen to be one of those whose identity is NOT stolen in the registration process, odds are high that it then will be via EMR. Just in Massachusetts some 60% of physicians are now at risk of losing their licenses to practice in 2015, unable to pass EMR certification. Trainwreck.

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