A special report issued by U.S. intelligence agencies this week indicates that international sabotage may be the source of the Obamacare website problems that have dogged the system since its first day of operation. The agencies urged the Obama administration to check the website for malware after it was disclosed that developers from the former Soviet country of Belarus had helped produce the website.
When the Obamacare website was first rolled out in Oct. of 2013, observers warned that glitches in the system were so serious that the personal data of multimillions of American citizens could easily compromised by hackers. Identity theft has been a distinct danger all along.
But another danger that lurked in the shaky and unreliable website was the possibility that a foreign entity hostile to the United States could sabotage the site. What the Obama administration and intelligence agencies did not tell the public was that at least one such foreign entity had helped build the site from the ground up.
The reason why this is of such critical concern is that most if not all commerce in the country is under state control, particularly in the realm of web development. Thus, if developers in Belarus installed malware into the Obamacare site, it is actually the Belarus government that is the perpetrator. This would automatically qualify such an act as "state-sponsored cyber terrorism."
Belarus, for those who are unaware, is one of the hotbeds of cyber theft and scam and if anyone is worse in terms of officially sponsoring it than China, it's these guys!
What's even better is that Belarus has interdicted Internet traffic through what is believed to be an intentional hijack of BGP4 routes, allowing them to examine traffic that is not for them. That, by the way, is not a new problem either, but it remains one that nobody in the ISP community has ever done anything effective about, despite it being something that happened on a disturbingly-regular basis back in the 1990s when I was running MCSNet. Of course at the time the people doing it would always claim it was an "accident."
Uh huh, just like we're told (and are dumb enough to believe) that the guy who is found with two bullet holes in the back of his head committed suicide by blowing his brains out -- twice.
What's better is that it's not just Obamacare software -- it apparently also includes code used in essentially all medical facilities and insurance companies in the United States.
Belarus is a former member of the old Communist Soviet Union and is located just east of Poland. Ukraine borders to the south, and Latvia and Lithuania border to the northeast.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Belarus has referred to itself as a "Republic" although it operates as a dictatorship. It's government consists of a president and a general assembly who are elected but who have no term limits. The country is known for human rights violations and taking an authoritarian approach to dealing with its citizens.
Relations with the United States have been and continue to be strained as the country prefers to align itself with Russia. It has also developed and continues to maintain strong ties with Syria.
And, as The Market Ticker notes, Belarus has a 20-year reputation of committing cyber theft and using various Internet scams to rob persons around the world. Belarus is rivaled only by China as one of the top sources of cyber crime in the world.
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