What? More online heartburn for HealthCare.gov?
It's true. Over the weekend, the feds posted a warning on the website that serves as the Obamacare health insurance exchange for 36 states, advising users to reset their password as a precautionary measure following last week's disclosure of a new Internet security glitch nicknamed Heartbleed.
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The warning reads: "HealthCare.gov uses many layers of protections to secure your information. 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."
Users are instructed to follow an eight-step process to reset their password.
The instructions conclude: "If you get a message that we couldn't process your password reset request, you'll need to try again."
The Web was all atwitter last week about the vulnerability in OpenSSL, the technology that allows websites to encrypt communications with site visitors on an estimated two-thirds of web servers. Understandably, much of the initial concern focused on the security of online banking. Websites were advised to download the latest version of OpenSSL to fix the problem.
Senior administration officials told The Associated Press there is no indication that any data on HealthCare.gov has been compromised, and that they issued the password reset recommendation out of extreme caution.
Given the web woes that surrounded the rocky launch of HealthCare.gov last fall, the last thing Obamacare administrators needed was an online security threat. That said, it's far easier to deal with all of this following the busy open enrollment season, which exceeded Obamacare's goal by insuring at least 8 million Americans in a little over six months.
Here's more on the Heartbleed threat to banking.
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