An unknown hacker managed to breach the security of computers hosting HealthCare.gov and install a malware on the federal Obamacare website, according to government cyber security team.
The malware uploaded on the server was designed to launch a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack against other websites.
Healthcare.gov hosts federal insurance exchange which is home to information related to medical insurance of millions of Americans, according to WSJ report.
CMS spokesman Aaron Albright claims that no personal information was stolen and authorities are investigating the matter. The hacker managed to breach in to a server used to test run software for healthcare.gov website.
“Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted,” Albright said . “We have taken measures to further strengthen security.”
This is not the first time when United states Government owned server was breached, nor it’s uncommon but attacks like this raises questions about the security of the website and other government related servers.
“If this happened anywhere other than HealthCare.gov, it wouldn’t be news,” a DHS official told the WJS