Is healthcare.gov selling your information?
Paul Joseph Watson
December 13, 2013
A man claims he was bombarded with telemarketing calls immediately after signing up at healthcare.gov, prompting accusations that Obamacare enrollees are having their private information sold to companies or that the website has been compromised by hackers.
“My phone is virtually silent most of the time. I do not play any face book games or do any online surveys,” the man wrote. “The only thing I did in the past 3 days on the internet between then and now, is sign up for Obamacare.”
The man claims he received the following list of calls the day after signing up for Obamacare;
1-212-677-5122 – NY,NY – free medical alert system scam
1-802-503-1435 – Burlington, VT – medicaid scam
1-864-412-3327 – Greenville, SC – medicaid scam
1-920-320-1960 – Manitowoc. WI – free medical alert system scam
1-617-752-2955 – Boston, MA – recording asking if FBI can put a sign in your yard, in return they give free home security system.
1-213-271-1645 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Windows scam. They ask you to install TeamViewer and to give them the ID of it for remote access.
1-786-345-1584 – Miami, FL – free medical alert system scam
1-203-364-9685 – Newtown, CT – recording asking if FBI can put a sign in your yard, in return they give free home security system.
1-732-201-2428 – Keansburg, NJ – Unknown.
1-775-800-7054 – Reno, NV – medical alert bracelet for diabetes
1-734-418-9006 – Ann Arbor, MI – free medical alert system scam
1-206-397-1895 – Seattle, WA – Unknown
1-561-672-3665 – Boca Raton, FL – Unknown
1-866-897-0208 – Debt Relief
1-646-612-3456 – Microsoft Windows scam. They ask you to install TeamViewer and to give them the ID of it for remote access.
1-800-213-3798 – SCAM TO LOWER YOUR INTEREST RATES ON CREDIT CARD.
The man noted that most of the calls were automated and a real person could only be reached after pressing a number, suggesting the calls were designed to validate the enrollee’s phone number.
Has healthcare.gov been compromised or is the government selling the information of Americans who have signed up to private companies?
Experts have warned that it is only a matter of time before healthcare.gov is hacked and that the website may have already been compromised.
Last month, David Kennedy, CEO of information security firm TrustedSEC, told a House Science, Space, and Technology committee hearing “If I had to guess, based on what I can see … I would say the website is either hacked already or will be soon.”
Kennedy said that the vulnerability of the website was so apparent that, “If a hacker wanted access to the site or sensitive information – they could get it.”
Three of the four experts who testified said that healthcare.gov should be shut down completely because of the high risk of people’s private information being stolen.
The Department of Homeland Security also acknowledged last month that healthcare.gov had been hit with at least 16 attempted cyber attacks since its inception.
According to some reports, healthcare.gov’s terms of service state that enrollees have “no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system,” although others claim the text is deliberately hidden because it was never meant to appear on the website and is therefore not applicable.