Obamacare Identity Theft Danger - New York News

Obamacare Identity Theft Danger

Posted: Updated:
Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, over 23,000 Obamacare applicants came from New Jersey during the first month of the site’s launch. The US Census also estimates that nearly 1 million New Jerseyans are eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act. But now there is possibly a very real concern that those who use healthcare.gov may have reason to worry about, identity theft.

Chuck Grimmett is a security expert who discussed the reasons why he believes it is only a matter of time before healthcare.gov is hacked. “From the reports we can find, all of their security testing has just been skipped,” Grimmett said.

Grimmett explained that the most serious risks exist where information is stored – in databases. He believes security for those databases have not been rigorously checked. He compared it to a physical office that stores highly sensitive information, for example a social security office. Grimmett noted that a social security office has many measures put in place to keep the files of personal information they store safe and secure. Now, imagine no one monitoring those filing cabinets and leaving them open to the possibility of someone just walking out with filing cabinets full of personal information – that is the type of security threat he believes exists at healthcare.gov, just in digital form.

“Sites like Amazon.com and Ebay.com check the security of their databases every single day. They have a security team doing this constantly. But healthcare.gov where hundreds of thousands of Americans are supposed to put all of their private, healthcare information has not been tested as far as they’re telling the public,” Grimmett said.

Grimmett suggests that individuals take their own precautions by using a service like Lifelock or Experian to monitor their credit and better protect themselves from situations like identity theft.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Israeli/Palestine Conflict Hits Close To Home

    Israeli/Palestine Conflict Hits Close To Home

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:56:23 GMT
    For many, the conflict between Israel and Palestine hits close to home. Yesterday a rally took place outside of the United Nations building in New York City and people from both sides were on hand to voice their concerns about the ongoing airstrikes. New Jersey’s Rabbi Gross discussed the fact that many of his former students, after graduation, decided to join the Israeli Defense Force and are now immersed in the fighting.
    For many, the conflict between Israel and Palestine hits close to home. Yesterday a rally took place outside of the United Nations building in New York City and people from both sides were on hand to voice their concerns about the ongoing airstrikes. New Jersey’s Rabbi Gross discussed the fact that many of his former students, after graduation, decided to join the Israeli Defense Force and are now immersed in the fighting.
  • Suburban Warfare Takes On New Jersey

    Suburban Warfare Takes On New Jersey

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:54:57 GMT
    The Bergen County Sheriff's Department is proposing to militarize their police force! This involves them wanting an MRAP, which is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. This vehicle is actually used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the military this isn't unheard of. Recently, the US government has given these vehicles away to law enforcement departments all over the country.
    The Bergen County Sheriff's Department is proposing to militarize their police force! This involves them wanting an MRAP, which is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle. This vehicle is actually used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the military this isn't unheard of. Recently, the US government has given these vehicles away to law enforcement departments all over the country.
  • College Athlete Unexpectedly Got Slammed With Medical Bills

    College Athlete Unexpectedly Got Slammed With Medical Bills

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:49:13 GMT
    Bergen County Community College athlete, Brittany Meyer, received an injury on the court while playing for the women's basketball team. What she didn't realize was that this injury left her with a $100,000 medical bill in her name!As Meyer was going up for a routine lay-up she fell down the wrong way, which caused her to tear her ACL.
    Bergen County Community College athlete, Brittany Meyer, received an injury on the court while playing for the women's basketball team. What she didn't realize was that this injury left her with a $100,000 medical bill in her name!As Meyer was going up for a routine lay-up she fell down the wrong way, which caused her to tear her ACL.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:48:41 GMT
    A man who claimed he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been found guilty of felony murder.
    A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.
  • Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:02 GMT
    WCS photoWCS photo
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:14:05 GMT
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices