75,000 HealthCare.gov Users Exposed, Personal Information Stolen

On October 19 the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) disclosed a HealthCare.gov data breach that allowed hackers to steal the private information of around 75,000 individuals.

Although the CMS advisory does not disclose the type of data stolen during the data theft incident, there is a high probability that both Personally identifiable information (PII) and  PHI (Protected Health information) might have been exposed in the attack.

According to the report, the breach was detected after CMS staff noticed unusual activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges' Direct Enrollment pathway on October 13, a system which allows healthcare insurance brokers and agents to enroll Obamacare users.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, "Our number one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work ... (read more)

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