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Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

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Hackers have breached a HealthCare.gov sign-up system and have gotten their hands on the personal information of roughly 75,000 people, the government said on Friday, October 19.

The system is named Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFE), and is managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthcare insurance agents and brokers use the FFE to enroll users into Obamacare plans made available through the official HealthCare.gov portal.

The CMS said that it detected "anomalous system activity" in the FFE on October 13, 2018, last Saturday, and started an immediate investigation.

A breach was confirmed the past week, on Tuesday, October 16.

"The agent and broker accounts that were associated with the anomalous activity were deactivated, and - out of an abundance of caution - the Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers was disabled," the CMS said in a press release.

The government agency says it plans to re-enable FFE direct enrollment for agents...(continued)

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