A computer hacker will be a witness on Capitol Hill to expose the security cracks in the ObamaCare website.
The House Science Committee is the newest panel to look into into the rocky execution of ObamaCare.
Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wishes to reveal the sloppy privacy safeguards when an individual logs on to the website, revealing sensitive personal information.
“The website requires users to input personal information like birth dates, Social Security numbers and household incomes to obtain information about potential health coverage. But security experts have expressed concern about flaws in the site that put this personal data at risk and subject users to the threat of identity theft,” the House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman said in a statement.
Smith has aligned a panel of cybersecurity experts to show the susceptibility innate in HealthCare.gov. This is the central portal through which individuals apply for health insurance through ObamaCare.
It is uncertain if one or any of the witnesses will endeavor to hack the system in real time.
David Kennedy, well thought-out to be a “white hat” hacker, is scheduled to materialize before the committee on Nov. 19. He has been hired by major companies to hack into their systems to assess vulnerabilities, according to a source familiar with the hearing.
Kennedy, the head of his own security consulting company TrustedSec, has done work for the National Security Agency and the U.S. Marine Corps in “cyber warfare and forensics analysis,” his official biography states.
Morgan Wright is an expert in cybersecurity who will be a witness to the operations dysfunction that could guide to possible fraud when consumers attempt to sign up on the insurance exchange.
Wright said the Obama administration could not have completely complied with the privacy provisions in the Federal Information Security Management Act when it was making changes to the website a day or two before the ill-fated Oct. 1 launch.
“It is inconceivable that there could have been a comprehensive security review if they were still making major changes and substantial changes to it one or two days before,” it went live, Wright said.
White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park was invited at next week’s hearing by the Science panel to defend the website’s possible security flaws.
In the letter to Park obtained by The Hill, Smith explained that the hearing “will examine concerns about the lack of privacy standards for personal information passing through the HealthCare.gov website and the threat posed to Americans if hackers on the Internet gained access to such information.”
According to a source, the White House “declined” to make Park available to testify before the Science panel that has jurisdiction over the website security functions.
Park was subpoenaed to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on November 13, 2013 as part of a hearing on the rollout of the entire website.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) expressed concerns about privacy protections surrounding ObamaCare late last month at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
The Intelligence Committee chairman told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “This is a completely unacceptable level of security … you know it’s not secure.”
Wright said the lack of security precautions could mean the “government may become an unwitting conspirator in the most massive fraud ever committed because [government officials] didn’t think through” the potential for criminals to scam the system.