Hackers Breach Healthcare.gov system get data on 75,000
A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon on Friday ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments.
Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enroll customers. All other sign-up systems are working.
Federal law enforcement has been alerted, and affected customers will be notified and offered credit protection.