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Security Concerns Continue to Surround MNsure, Other Exchanges

Updated: 12/09/2013 7:43 AM
Created: 12/08/2013 3:33 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Winkler

MNsure, the state's health care exchange, is vulnerable to a specific kind of Wi-Fi attack. We discovered this vulnerability during a simulated attack we ran recently.

MNsure denies it has a problem and blames users.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS wanted to see how MNsure compares with other state-run health care exchanges, so we partnered with Mark Lanterman at Computer Forensic Services to test at least a dozen other exchange sites.

More than 41 percent of the sites tested passed, meaning they are not vulnerable to the type of Wi-Fi attack we simulated.

Like MNsure, more than 58 percent failed the test.

During the course of our investigation we also learned why the federal health care exchange might be running better.

It appears the federal government has relied on a couple of high-tech heavyweights for help, including Akamai and Google.


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