The Pardu

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cyber Terrorist Attack ObamaCare Website!

About two weeks ago I started to run across FaceBook posts and various articles about sabotage against the Affordable Care Act website.  Since, I am very suspicious of much I read in social media, it was easy to file the reports and articles in the deep recesses of my mind. As one who is innately suspicious, my inquisitive side remained diligent and watchful of more such stories. More stories are coming forth and emanated from multiple sources.

The most intriguing report came to me today via FaceBook. The Daily Caller published a piece on November 13th that reads with as as credible as any report. We offer a few excerpts and a link to the piece. 

The Daily Caller
A Facebook user by the name of David Rentzel, who is an allegedly retired General Motors employee now living in the Dominican Republic, submitted at least two links to the application on Oct. 15 to public Facebook posts belonging to libertarian and conservative Facebook pages.
DestroyObamacare FB post
“If you hate Obamacare as much as I do then download this little app,” wrote Rentzel. “It constantly opens a page on their web site and then another, back and forth.”
“This ties up band width. If enough people do it, no one will be able to log on to it!” he said.
“You can run as many copies of this on your computer as you want. Just keep opening it, again and again. Share with your friends!” he added.
“No virus, no worms, no trojans and not even a cookie. Runs on Windows.”
By the time of publication, Rentzel had not returned TheDC’s request for comment about whether he built the application, or if he was simply distributing the tool via social media upon discovering it elsewhere.
A rudimentary hacker tool designed to crash was distributed through various online channels, including Facebook. 
Marc Eisenbarth, manager of research for Arbor Security Engineering and Response Team, told The Daily Caller that a denial-of-service (DoS) application was spreading through torrent sites, as well as Facebook. 
A denial-of-service attack overwhelms a website’s servers with traffic in order to crash the site, but unlike its more popular counterpart, the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack — popularized by the hacktivist network Anonymous — a DoS attack can be executed by a lone actor.
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Roberta Stempfley confirmed to a House committee on Wednesday that DHS was aware of “one open source action attempting a denial of service attack that has been unsuccessful.” 
Stempfly also said that DHS was aware of 16 reports from Health and Human Services pertaining to the site’s security

The Daily Caller piece goes on to indicate such actions by computer systems hacktivist are illegal. Rentzel's Facebook page is currently active and filled with Anti-Obama, Anti-Islamic, Anti-Hillary and anti-anything progressive cartoons, meme and articles. The page reads like a Glenn Beck Green Board or an episode of "Tin-Foil Hat Chronicles."

We assume Mr. Rentzels has escaped a visit from the authorities because there is no evidence of his actual violation of the integrity of the ACA website.

Let's visit with a few other sources related to right-wing attacks on the Affordable Care Act.  The Caller mentioned Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Roberta Stempfley. NBC broadcast a segment of Ms. Stempfley during this week's congressional hearing.


Ms. Stempfly testified to approximately 16 attacks on the website, with one unsuccessful "denial of service" attack. 
“We are aware of one open source action attempting a denial of service attack that has been unsuccessful,” Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, told House lawmakers. 

The testimony makes Stempfley the first administrative official to publicly acknowledge that there have been any cyberattacks on the Obamacare website.
We recognize the Obama Administration's effort to provide a tool to facilitate information, comparison and registration for the ACA fell very much shy of requirement and expectation. It is obvious HHS procurement process and HHS failures in project management contributed to a site that failed miserably after launch. We are now self-flagellating ourselves for not realizing the extent to which conservatives and libertarians will work to undermine the US government. 

After five years of watching US conservatives, libertarians and the GOP obstructions against the nation, we are no longer amazed at the extent to which the Right will work to sabotage the United States of America. The ACA and enrollment tools were apparently targets of efforts to stifle government and provides services to millions. 

How are these people any different than terrorist? How is it possible their cyber invasions differ from illicit attacks from foreign nations? While they are not working to over throw the US government they are without doubt working to undermine effective administration of government during times of highest need. They are also fighting to deny us service opportunities that will benefit the nation both immediately and for centuries.

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