Hackers May Be Behind NY's ObamaCare Glitch

Numbers don't add up, New York officials say
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
Hackers May Be Behind NY's ObamaCare Glitch
A man listens to a presentation on benefits being offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas as part of the Affordable Care Act, in Houston, Oct. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

(Newser) – ObamaCare's online insurance markets were famously glitchy on launch day, but that might not all have been the result of shoddy tech work. In New York, computer security experts suspect that the state's exchange was targeted by hackers in a DDoS attack, the New York Post reports. The site buckled under the weight of 10 million visits on Tuesday, even though there are only about 1.1 million New York residents who don't have health care. "The numbers are fairly compelling," one expert says.

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New York officials say they're "looking into the cause of the abnormally high traffic." DDoS attacks use virus-infected computers to overwhelm a site's servers with traffic. "It does not take a lot of technical resources" to pull off, one security firm says; hackers can be hired to do it for a few thousand dollars. "There have to be people who disagree with [ObamaCare] enough to do that." (Read more hackers stories.)

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