Saturday, October 5, 2013

McAfee founder lashes Obamacare exchanges

John McAfee is a computer security expert, founder of the company that manufactures and services McAfee anti-virus products. He gave this interview about Obamacare state exchanges and pointed out some disturbing cyber-security issues.

It’s seriously bad. Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. I mean, for example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, ‘OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states and pick and choose one.’”

Any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — and this is healthcare, after all — they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them: What’s my Social Security number? My birth date? What are my health issues?”
Unfortunately, according to McAfee, there’s not a quick fix — and as long as it set up this way, it could be a playground for computer hackers.
Here’s the problem: It’s not something software can solve. I mean, what idiot put this system out there and did not create a central depository? There should be one website, run by the government, you go to that website and then you can click on all of the agencies.
This is insane. So, I will predict that the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities — I mean, you can imagine some retired lady in Utah, who has $75,000 dollars in the bank, saving her whole life, having it wiped out in one day because she ‘signed up for ObamaCare.’
And believe me, this is going to happen millions of times. This is a hacker’s wet dream. I mean I cannot believe that they did this.”

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