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Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
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David F. Carr
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11/8/2013 | 4:34:34 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
At least the healthcare.gov website developers would have a better excuse if they were being attacked. Well, they're already being attacked ... but if the website was under attack by someone other than the people just trying to use the thing.
WKash
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11/8/2013 | 5:13:13 PM
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One factor not in Healthcare.gov's favor to handle an overload of requests is the fact that the site is hosted in government data centers, which don't offer the elasticity commonly associated with web services. Federal rules still prevent many agencies from hositng certain kinds of data on public or hybrid clouds, so they opt to host the data in private government-owned/managed data centers. In Healthcare.gov's case, CMS would have to acquire more servers (to have on hand during peak periods) than it has currently been authorized to buy.
RobPreston
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11/8/2013 | 6:54:40 PM
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Shoot, healthcare.gov's overseers should threaten destruction of the site.
Utsalady
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11/8/2013 | 6:55:59 PM
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A terrible idea and one that will backfire. In this country there's a fine, constitutional way to change the government. It's called voting. It actually works quite well. You may not always like the results, but the American democracy is designed for that, with checks and balances that can limit the damage from any one election.
DDOS attacks on public Web sites, in contrast, are simply vandalism. That is not the American way.
All they would achieve here would be to take the heat off the administration for poor Web site performance. I'm not sure why you would want to take a site off the air when, without any help from hackers, it has blotted the administration's reputation. If it fails because of a DDOS attack, guess who gets off the hook, and who will even get sympathy.
The spotlight will shift instead away from the administration's failures and on to any of its vociferous opponents, including people in Congress, who consider Obamacare an evil that must be rooted out at any cost. They will be suspect, rightly or wrongly, for abetting a cyberattack on government systems and they will face a lot of pressure to disavow and condemn the attackers, creating a major distraction from their primary message.
David F. Carr
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11/8/2013 | 7:20:59 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
destroy the website to save it
BubbaIT
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11/8/2013 | 9:01:04 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
The old Pogo cartoon strip had it right - "We have met the enemy, and it is us."
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/8/2013 | 10:42:07 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Creative destruction!
mak63
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11/8/2013 | 10:46:05 PM
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When I first read the title "Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website", I thought they were doing us a favor.
I bet hackers don't do something like that on websites from Canada, Great Britain or Argentina. (Just to mention a few countries with universal health care)
Thomas Claburn
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11/8/2013 | 11:28:54 PM
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Once you have more than 100 people on it, I wouldn't be surprised if it falls down on its own.
ANON1241207202234
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11/9/2013 | 4:00:39 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Argentina's universal health care is awesome. As a "rich foreigner" when I had to go to the emergency room there, I paid an extra $20 to skip to the head of the line to see a doctor, bypassing a wait time of around 6-8 hours.

The great thing about universal health care is that you actually get two systems... the "universal system" where the masses of humanity are trapped and an elite no-waiting system of the highest quality that the rich use.
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