(The Hosting News) – Users who have recently signed up for Obamacare on the HealthCare.gov website are urged to change their passwords due to the Heartbleed security bug.
According to a report from ABC News, the Obama administration had issued a widespread review into government websites that could be vulnerable to the bug, which caused HealthCare.gov to be flagged from the review.
“There’s no indication that Heartbleed has been used against HealthCare.gov or that any personal information has ever been at risk. However, we’re resetting current passwords out of an abundance of caution, to ensure the protection of your information,” says a post on HealthCare.gov.
The site has reset user’s passwords, so next time they log in, they will be prompted to create a new unique password that is not used on other sites.
“We will continue to focus on this issue until government agencies have mitigated the vulnerability in their systems,” wrote DHS deputy for cybersecurity and communications, Phyllis Schneck, via blog post. “And we will continue to adapt our response if we learn about additional issues created by the vulnerability.”
On Thursday, President Obama announced that over 8 million people have signed up for the insurance plan via HealthCare.gov.