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WH: O-Care report of Belarus' malicious code confirmed, not explained

Obamacare software code susceptible to Belarus' hijacking data
Obamacare software code susceptible to Belarus' hijacking data
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Perhaps consumers using the federal government's ObamaCare website to buy affordable health care should be aware of the intelligence warning/"oh, never mind" retraction which just occurred.

A media report regarding intelligence officials warning that "programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks" in the ObamaCare software code, and first seen in the WashingtonFreeBeacon, has been confirmed by a White House spokeswoman, but no explanation is offered about why it was withdrawn.

The story from the FreeBeacon also mentioned last year's Internet hacker-jacking of massive amounts of U.S. computer traffic to Belarus, and quotes an official who believes that the nation of Belarus is "adversarial towards the United States."

In an official statement from the White House National Security Council, Reuters is reporting that Caitlin Hayden is confirming "that U.S. intelligence agencies recently retracted a report that questioned whether some of the software connected to the health reform law was developed in Belarus and could contain malicious code.

Hayden is quoted, in an email to Reuters:

"We are aware of the report you reference, which was recalled by the Intelligence Community shortly after it was issued."

She did add that the Department of Health and Human Services launched a "review" after learning of the recalled intelligence report, and would "continue to review the supply chain. Supply chain risk is real and it is one of our top concerns in the area of cyber security."

Quoted from one anonymous official in the Free Beacon article:

"The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyber attacks."

Over 48,000 government breaches

In a recently released (02.04.2014) Senate report on The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, prepared by the minority staff of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, quite a few breaches have occurred in the last few years. From the introduction:

"In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure."

Also mentioned in the report was the fact that the public only knows about the incidences reported by hackers. What escapes the public understanding is that in 2012 alone there were "... over 48,000 other cyber 'incidents' involving government systems...."