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Warnings Over Obamacare Website Security Problems

11:49 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Washington Examiner reports:

Officials launched healthcare.gov despite a warning from a top cybersecurity official that it wasn't ready, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed Friday.

Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the committee about "high findings" from rounds of security testing prior to the site's Oct. 1 launch. She did not go into detail about what the two "high findings" were, but CMS considered them an “exploitation of the technical or procedural vulnerability [that would] cause substantial harm to CMS business processes. Significant political, financial, and legal damage is likely to result.”

In response to questions by committee investigators, Fryer confirmed that she did not agree with the decision by other CMS officials on the "authority to operate" — or launch — the site Oct. 1.

Henry Chao, the deputy chief information officer at CMS and day-to-day manager of theObamacare exchanges' development, repeatedly told Congress on Nov. 13 that the lack of specific "high findings" in security testing prior to Oct. 1 was critical in officials decision to green-light the site launch that day.

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