Healthcare Enrollees Vulnerable After Cybersecurity Breach


The website used for enrollment in healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been affected by the Heartbleed bug, according to a Huffington Post report.

Although there is no evidence the healthcare enrollees' information has been compromised, individuals who created accounts on the website are being told to change their passwords "following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability" to the recently discovered Internet security threat known as Heartbleed, according to the report.

The White House uses OpenSSL, the encryption technology that is affected by Heartbleed, to protect user privacy on government websites, according to the report.

There is now a message posted on the healthcare website that reads "While there's no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution," according to the report.

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