Why do I believe this?
*Have you seen this?*____
Caution is warranted:____
On Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, computer
programmer and founder of McAfee, Inc. John McAfee said
the online component of Obamacare “is a hacker’s delight”
that will cause “the loss of income for the millions of
Americans who are going to lose their identities.”
For starters, McAfee said the way it is set up makes it
possible for fake websites be set up to fool people to
think they’re signing up for Obamacare.
“It’s seriously bad,” McAfee said. “Somebody made a grave
error, not in designing the program but in simply
implementing the web aspect of it. I mean, for example,
anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for
this system. There is no central place where I can go and
say, ‘OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the
examiners for all of the states and pick and choose one.’”
“Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look
extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the
system — and this is health care, after all — they can ask
you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going
to answer them,” he continued. “What’s my Social Security
number? My birth date? What are my health issues?”
According to McAfee, there’s not a quick fix — and as long
as it set up this way, it could be a playground for
“Here’s the problem: It’s not something software can
solve,” McAfee continued. “I mean, what idiot put this
system out there and did not create a central depository?
There should be one website, run by the government, you go
to that website and then you can click on all of the
agencies. This is insane. So, I will predict that the loss
of income for the millions of Americans who are going to
lose their identities — I mean, you can imagine some
retired lady in Utah, who has $75,000 dollars in the bank,
savings of her whole life, having it wiped out in one day
because she signed up for Obamacare. And believe me, this
is going to happen millions of times. This is a hacker’s
delight. I mean I cannot believe that they did this.”____
Maybe because the people doing the Obamacare site can't get even the
simpler things right. It would be understandable if this was in the
early days of computers and the internet. This sounds like it is
pretty much like following a marked trail, not trailblazing.
On Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:13:24 -0400, Stormin Mormon
True, but if it was centralized hackers could do a host file
edit (via malware), spoof the DNS or execute a MITM attack, and
harvest the same data.
OTOH centralized is better. Keep the best IT techs at the main
Is this about ObamaCare, or hacking ? Adobe, AVG and Avast
were recently hacked. Nothing is hack-proof.
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The part of the interview that I picked up on was the part about lacking
a central site that knows where the valid sites are. His contention
was that, without that central site, it becomes easier to set up
look-alike sites to harvest innocent people's data.
I claim no knowledge of internet security - but what he said sounded
logical. I'd just like to hear it from some other sources.
It's logical because it's true. A central site would be more
secure, because it would (hopefully) be staffed by competent IT guys,
not some local guy that just happens to be the sheriffs brother.
But it would be trivial for pro hackers using malware or MITM
attacks to deceive inexperienced users into thinking they were logging
into the central site.
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For sure re: other sources. Some people might recall McAfee was wanted for
murder and was a "bath salt" abuser, at least according to some accounts.
<<After his memory-hogging software became huge, McAfee did what any of us
would do in that situation: He immediately packed up his shit and moved to
Belize. Unfortunately, hunkering down in a massive compound in the jungle
leads most right-thinking folks to assume you're up to no good. In early
2012, dozens of officers and soldiers raided his jungle property.
Apparently the police thought he was cooking meth. That was absurd, of
course. A search of McAfee's compound turned up nothing more than a dozen
guns and loads of suspicious-looking lab equipment. Nothing about that says
"meth lab" at all. As it turned out, though, the guns were all legal and
registered, and the lab was used to manufacture "herbal compounds," so
McAfee was back on the jungle streets after a mere 14 hours in custody.
That all changed when his American expat neighbor turned up dead later that
year with a gunshot wound to the head. Due to his notoriously eccentric
behavior, McAfee was noted as a suspect. Upon hearing this, he did the
sensible thing and ran away, convinced that police were going to murder him.
McAfee made his way to Guatemala but was immediately arrested on charges
that he was trying to enter the country illegally. In order to give his
lawyer time to draw up appeals, he faked a heart attack in detention. It's
apparently around this time that Guatemalan officials decided to just let
him go to Miami instead of putting up with his shit any further.
As crazy as that story is, it doesn't compare to McAfee's own claims about
what he was doing the whole time on the lam. If you guessed "running a
secret operation out of the South American jungle spying on the Belize
government," then congratulations, you're a deranged millionaire!
According to a lengthy blog post, McAfee purchased 75 laptops, hacked them
with surveillance software, and distributed them to powerful government
officials. Then he hired a spy ring of 29 operatives (one of whom apparently
became a double agent) and wiretapped everyone's phones. Other than the
typical sexual affairs and covered-up murders, McAfee claimed he found
evidence of a "Hezbollah trafficking network" that was moving 11 terrorists
into America every month, information apparently gleaned by his undercover
Not a single thing we said in the preceding paragraph is a joke.>>
So I'd wonder about anything he had to say.
On a practical level, most sane hackers look to hit bank sites and people
who *have* money and tend to shy away from collecting info about folks who
will be depending on Obamacare and need government subsidies to buy
insurance. Sure, there's the political value of screwing up Obamacare put a
practical hacker is looking to rob people with money, not sick people that
can't afford regular health insurance.
I developed software a long, long time ago when the universe of browers and
operating systems was very, very small and even back then, small differences
between Netscape and Internet Explorer proved devilish. I can't imagine
what it's like to develop software nowadays with all the various PC's,
smartphones, tablets, browsers, OS's and versions of same that are out
there. It really is Babel and I am not surprised Obamacare's having the
problems being reported. It's probably useful to remember that Medicare
Part D was similarly plagued by startup problems that eventually got
smoothed out. Part D also had the luxury of not being the focus of
determined attacks to defund it by Ted Cruz and his merry band of Tea Party
This is just another reason that a single payer system that built on the
already existing Medicare model would have made so much more sense.
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