KELLY FILE

Security for HealthCare.gov remains a serious concern

Cybersecurity expert on why issues continue to plague site

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Kelly File," February 7, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MEGYN KELLY, HOST: Federal officials confident in the security of the ObamaCare website, state there have been no successful security attacks on healthcare.gov. Our next says the statement should end with the word "yet." Honing out the security problems that do continue to plague this website.

Morgan Wright is a cybersecurity analyst and CEO of Crowd Source Investigations. Morgan, I get you know, yet. But listen if you wanted to hack this web site and sort of get in there and plant some malware or do something, why wouldn't they be doing it now? Why shouldn't we feel warmed by the thought that they haven't gotten to it yet?

MORGAN WRIGHT, CROWD SOURCED INVESTIGATIONS, CEO: Well, look, when that Senate report was released, that showed that all the major agencies have been hacked -- healthcare.gov is no different. For political reasons they're trying to keep it tamped down because they want people enrolling. But look, the fact is, when I testified, and one of the people who testified with me, David Kennedy, he just testified again on January 19th and was able to download from the outside, without breaking in, over 70,000 records -- information about enrollees in ObamaCare -

KELLY: What kinds of information?

WRIGHT: So it is still not secure. Their names, and basically -- basic information. It didn't get into all the detailed information -

KELLY: Social security?

WRIGHT: No, none of that. But the point about it is none of that information should have been available. Nobody should know, because it is health care, nobody should know who is enrolling and what their name is.

KELLY: What is the risk of people's private medical data getting compromised? Because that, too, needed to go electronic thanks to ObamaCare.

WRIGHT: Yes. Look, there is a lot -- I'll tell you, one of the biggest issues will be fraud, Megyn, as they try and bill out the billing system, and they try to bill this out. Health care fraud is one of the big areas that the FBI investigates year after year. The other thing too is that there is also medical impersonation people. If you get the right kind of information, you actually go in to get health care benefits, go to the emergency room, see a doctor using somebody else's information, but the issue is with health care information, that is the most personal kind of information, if the wrong information gets out, if your data gets conflated with somebody else's data, you may end up with some type of a fatal disease that you really don't have, and that's going to affect everything and it will take you a long time to unwind that information out of your medical records.

KELLY: You mean on paper you're going to wind up with a fatal disease - not in fact, on paper.

WRIGHT: Right, on paper.

KELLY: Before I let you go, the number one thing people can do to protect themselves?

WRIGHT: Look, caveat emptor. You just need to beware of what you're dealing with. Make sure that if you're on your personal computer, you're behind a personal firewall, and crypted networks; use strong passwords. Don't tell anybody your e-mail address or the password that you use to enroll if you do that online. There's some basic blocking and tackling. And don't give out information to strangers.

KELLY: All right, Morgan, thanks. We'll be right back.

Content and Programming Copyright 2014 Fox News Network, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc. All materials herein are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of CQ-Roll Call. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.