published Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Health website's security prompts worries

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    In this Nov. 5, 2013, photo, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. The Obama administration is getting questions about whether it cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a deadline to launch the HealthCare.gov website.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is getting questions about whether it cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a deadline to launch the HealthCare.gov website.

The part of the site that consumers interact with directly had only a temporary security certification because it hadn't been fully tested before the Oct. 1 launch.

It's also the part of the system that stores personal information.

The administration insists the website is secure, but technicians had to scramble to make a fix earlier this week after a North Carolina man tried to log himself on and got a South Carolina man's personal information.

Two computer security experts interviewed by The Associated Press say clearly the better option would have been to complete testing before going live.

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