A group of hackers managed to retrieve personal data on 75,000 people after a government system used to sign up for healthcare plans was breached.
The government system is used by brokers and insurance agents to facilitate the process of signing up for healthcare plans.
Spokesperson Jonathan Monroe still hasn’t provided a comment about this news, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not disclose details about the stolen data, or on how the system was breached.
We know that when signing up for healthcare plans, customers give out a lot of personal details which include names, addresses, social security numbers and more.
TechCrunch provided a plausible explanation as to how the hackers managed to gain access of the data.
“The hacked system was connected to the Healthcare.gov website, the front-facing portal for anyone signing up for an insurance plan under former President Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. Hackers targeted the behind-the-scenes system that insurance agents used to help customers directly enrol in new plans, and not the consumer Healthcare.gov site itself.”
CMS said that he Healthcare.gov website was unaffected by the hacks. Officials are “working to identify the individuals potentially impacted as quickly as possible so that we can notify them and provide resources such as credit protection.”
According to CMS Administrator Seema Verma: “Our number one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work around the clock to help those potentially impacted and ensure the protection of consumer information.”
“I want to make clear to the public that HealthCare.gov and the Marketplace Call Center are still available, and open enrollment will not be negatively impacted. We are working to identify the individuals potentially impacted as quickly as possible so that we can notify them and provide resources such as credit protection,” she continues.
CMS noted that it took the necessary precautions to secure the system and safeguard customer data from any further attacks. Federal law enforcement will also be involved in the investigation. “We are actively engaged in and committed to helping those potentially impacted as well as ensuring the protection of consumer information.”