Site Suffers Hack But No Data Stolen: Officials

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The government's healthcare insurance information website,, was hacked this summer, but no damage was done, according to a statement Thursday from the Department of Health and Human Services. "Today, we briefed key Congressional staff about an intrusion on a test server that supports," the statement said. The breach was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. HHS said the attack took the form of malware that was installed on a test server and "designed to launch a 'denial of service' attack against other websites when activated." The breach was discovered in late August; the Journal said the hack took place in July.

"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," the HHS statement continued. That means this was likely an automated attack that happened to find a vulnerable server, not a concerted effort to break in. Nevertheless, the HHS writes, "We have taken measures to further strengthen security."



—Devin Coldewey