Heartbleed Fears Prompt ObamaCare Password Reset

No sign site has been compromised: White House
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2014 3:20 PM CDT
Heartbleed Fears Prompt ObamaCare Password Reset
The HealthCare.gov website is shown on a laptop in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

(Newser) – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for ObamaCare are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. All enrollee passwords have been reset, the White House says, per CNN. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution.

The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page. Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. (Read more HealthCare.gov stories.)

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