Hackers Breach Government Healthcare Files

Hackers accessed files of 75,000 people earlier this month when they breached a government health care system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it detected suspicious activity in one of its web portals, the Federally Facilitated Exchange’s “Direct Enrollment Pathway.” The Enrollment Pathway enables agents and brokers to help people apply for coverage in the FFE.

“Our number one priority is the safety and security of the Americans we serve. We will continue to work around the clock to help those potentially impacted and ensure the protection of consumer information,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement on Oct. 19. “We are working to identify the individuals potentially impacted as quickly as possible so that we can notify them and provide resources such as credit protection.”

CMS started its investigation of the hack on Oct. 13. It then deactivated accounts compromised by the hack. The Direct Enrollment Pathway was shut down entirely. The agency promised to add additional security features before bringing the system back online, which was scheduled for the end of last week.

According to Healthcare Finance, healthcare information is often targeted by cyber-attacks. As such, the Department of Health and Human Services expects organizations to have top-notch security measures and policies. CMS claims to have followed proper security standards and procedures.

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