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>>

  • WWOR's "Chasing New Jersey" Gets State Recognition

    WWOR's "Chasing New Jersey" Gets State Recognition

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:53:15 GMT
    Chasing New JerseyChasing New Jersey
    New Jersey’s General Assembly honored WWOR’s Chasing New Jersey on the occasion of its 200th episode, which aired April 11, 2014, TV News Check reported.
    New Jersey’s General Assembly honored WWOR’s Chasing New Jersey on the occasion of its 200th episode, which aired April 11, 2014, TV News Check reported.
  • Radioactive Material Found Inside Sparta, NJ Home

    Radioactive Material Found Inside Sparta, NJ Home

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:12:23 GMT
    Law enforcement officials say they found radioactive material inside the Sparta, New Jersey home of Joseph Gibeau. Sergeant John Paul Beebe said that they knew this was radioactive material because the containers were painted yellow and displayed a “tri-foil” decal which is the international symbol for radioactive material.
    Law enforcement officials say they found radioactive material inside the Sparta, New Jersey home of Joseph Gibeau. Sergeant John Paul Beebe said that they knew this was radioactive material because the containers were painted yellow and displayed a “tri-foil” decal which is the international symbol for radioactive material.
  • New Jersey Roller Derby Workout

    New Jersey Roller Derby Workout

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:10:05 GMT
    Calling all adrenaline junkies! New Jersey’s Roller Derby league may be just what you need if you’re looking for a new workout and aren’t afraid of getting knocked down at high speeds. Derby diva Barbi Gnecco discussed what the league is all about and how intense the game can get out on the rink.
    Calling all adrenaline junkies! New Jersey’s Roller Derby league may be just what you need if you’re looking for a new workout and aren’t afraid of getting knocked down at high speeds. Derby diva Barbi Gnecco discussed what the league is all about and how intense the game can get out on the rink.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:35:06 GMT
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
  • First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:11:02 GMT
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:50:46 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
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