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Cyber attack hearings on Healthcare.gov website all about politics

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During Congressional hearings today in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, cybersecurity expert David Kennedy, the President and CEO of TrustedSec, testified and said that the website “HealthCare.gov is not secure today”.

Reuters reported that Kennedy and three others who testified before the Republican controlled committee said the Healthcare.gov website should be shut down without delay.

"I don't understand how we're still discussing whether the website is insecure or not," Kennedy told the committee. "It is insecure - 100 percent. It's not a question of whether or not it’s insecure, it's what we need to do to fix it."

Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX) who is also on the committee said the hearings were a “tool for political messaging” by Republicans who have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times.

"The majority has allowed the committee to become a tool of political messaging”, said Johnson.

Rep. Johnson added that there have been numerous fixes to the site since the committee's last hearing in November and millions of Americans have signed up, but the experts can only "speculate".

"As smart and experienced as these witnesses are, not one of them has actual knowledge of the security structure of HealthCare.gov," Johnson said. "They can only speculate."

While Kennedy said that this is “not a political issue”, he is testifying before a Republican controlled hearing and could not provide any evidence of any attack, and said the issue is “security”.

"To me this is not a political issue. For me personally this is a security issue," Kennedy told the committee.

Waylon Krush, the CEO of Lunarline, another cybersecurity firm who has done security work for the Department of Health and Human Services said there were far more lucrative targets for hackers.

"HealthCare.gov is not the one getting attacked," Krush testified. "They're going to go where the money is. They're going to go after the Targets, they're going to go after the Neiman Marcus, they're going to go after these places that contain lots of data related to intellectual property."

Kennedy responded to Krush's statement by saying that money can be made from personal information.

There was no evidence of any attacks given by the security experts who testified today since hearings were first held last November, which did show that there were attacks to slow down the website, but not to steal any information.

Kennedy and others who testified before the Republican controlled committee today said the website should be shutdown immediately even though they do not have any evidence of any attacks, and Kennedy says it’s not political.

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