‘The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control’

Posted by on Feb 03, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Feels comforting knowing these folks are tight with the Russians. What could possibly go wrong?

U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.

Alerted last week and we’re just finding out about it now? Wait until Obama reads about this.

The software links the millions of Americans who signed up for Obamacare to the federal government and more than 300 medical institutions and healthcare providers.

“The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyber attacks,” one official said.

Cyber security officials said the potential threat to the U.S. healthcare data is compounded by what they said was an Internet data “hijacking” last year involving Belarusian state-controlled networks. The month-long diversion covertly rerouted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus—a repressive dictatorship located between Russia, Poland, and Ukraine.

“Belarusian President [Alexander] Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is closely allied with Russia and is adversarial toward the United States,” the official added.

Move along, nothing to see here.

The officials said there are serious concerns that the Belarusian software contains malicious code that could be used to covertly route data from the Obamacare website to foreign locations.

Additionally, they suspect the Belarusians planted secret “backdoor” openings to the software that will permit surreptitious entry to U.S. government networks by hackers or spies.

The malicious code could reroute Obamacare website data to Belarus, or possibly permit illegal backdoor access to the Healthcare.gov networks and other government and health industry networks, the officials said.

The security vulnerability could provide “access to all necessary personal information of U.S. residents for identity theft and privacy violations,” said one official.

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6 Responses to “‘The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control’”

  1. Sphynx on 4/04/14 at 11:17 am

    Oh, wonderful. Eastern Europe, homeland of cyber attack coders (Along with China). Yeah, lets just subcontract out the coding to these guys. SO smart. Top. Men. in charge. Top. Men.

    But, of course, it’s just Fox News’ fault, as always, according to the JEF.

  2. PJ on 4/04/14 at 12:05 pm

    If you start getting emails about porn or solicitations for loans, you know you’ve been had by Healthcare.belarus.

  3. MsMeriSunshine on 4/04/14 at 1:43 pm

    I think this has HUGE consequences in the long run for healthcare overall. If Belarus and others are able to access medical information (think of all that very private info!) where is the limit of extortion and other criminal activity? I am wondering if stealing financial information is going to look like the lesser evil? Medical records hold some of the most private, sensitive information, and now it’s not only in the government’s hands, it’s in our enemies hands as well. What could possibly go wrong?

  4. Jim on 4/04/14 at 6:56 pm

    …and it’s gone!

    The criminal ignorance of these putz’s is breathtaking.


    Let a syndicate of cyber criminals program a health care web site filled with sensitive personal data.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Of course, nothing will be said and no one will be held accountable.

    I guess that is the lesson here. Maybe horse whipping those who made this decision and then loading all of their personal data up to Belarus might prevent a “next time”.

  5. Tuerqas on 6/06/14 at 3:57 pm

    I recently read that Benghazi could go down as the greatest scandal ever. Really? 4 brave dead Americans versus potentially hundreds of millions losing their private info that was practically given in to enemy/criminal hands? And this is the first I have heard of it.
    Target makes a cyber mistake and gets very publicly crucified (properly so), but this is the first I have heard of this. MSM, nothing to see here? Just…Wow!

    So I work in fasteners and every military vehicle/weapon screw and bolt need to be certified American made so there is no chance of sabotage (that is why a .03 cent screw costs the Gov’t .44/ea). However, our beloved and trustworthy Gov’t betrays every citizen it can dupe in to the ACA system by outsourcing?