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The Face Of HealthCare.gov Speaks Out, Says She Was Victim Of ‘Cyberbullying’

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Those who would do this to someone who simply posed for a picture is beyond comprehension.   It illustrates the depth of hatred and division this country has been experiencing for the last six years…

TPM LiveWire

The woman who was once the face of the troubled HealthCare.gov website said she’s been the victim of “cyberbullying” since the Affordable Care Act’s rollout began.

Identified only as “Adriana,” she told ABC News about the insults and jokes that have come her way since Oct. 1, when the website went live and her face greeted scores of visitors.

“They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying,” she said. “”I mean, I don’t know why people should hate me because it’s just a photo. I didn’t design the website. I didn’t make it fail, so I don’t think they should have any reasons to hate me.”

The picture was ultimately pulled from the front page, which Adriana called a “relief.”

“They took the picture down. I wanted the picture down, and they wanted the picture down. I don’t think anybody wanted to focus on the picture,” she said.

But a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson told ABC that the photo was not removed because Adriana requested it.

Married for more than six years with a 21-month old, Adriana reached out to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to inquire about having photos of her family taken in exchange for permitting their use on the website. She was notified in the summer that her photo be used on the front page.

Calling herself “pure Colombian,” Adriana said she’s lived in the United States for more than six years and is applying for citizenship. Her husband is an American citizen.

 

Denial-of-service tool targeting Healthcare.gov site discovered

It’s been my thought all along that the ACA (Obamacare) website had been hacked from the onset.  This information only strengthens my theory…

ARS Technica

Hacktivist software designed to put a strain on struggling Obamacare website.


Arbor Networks

Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.

“ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

In a blog post published Thursday, Arbor researcher Marc Eisenbarth said there’s no evidence Healthcare.gov has withstood any significant denial-of-service attacks since going live last month. He also said the limited request rate, the lack of significant distribution, and other features of the tool’s underlying code made it unlikely that it could play a significant role in taking down the site. The tool is designed to put a strain on the site by repeatedly alternating requests to the https://www.healthcare.gov and https:www.healthcare.gov/contact-us addresses. If enough requests are made over a short period of time, it can overload some of the “layer 7″ applications that the site relies on to make timely responses.

The screenshot below shows some of the inner workings of the unnamed tool.

The tool fits a pattern seen in the previous years of hacktivist software available for download that’s customized to take on a specific cause or support a particular ideology.

“ASERT has seen site specific denial of service tools in the past related to topics of social or political interest,” Eisenbarth wrote, referring to the Arbor Security Engineering and Response Team. “This application continues a trend ASERT is seeing with denial of service attacks being used as a means of retaliation against a policy, legal rulings or government actions.”

The full text of the screenshot reads:

Destroy Obama Care.

This program continually displays alternate page of the ObamaCare website. It has no virus, trojans, worms, or cookies.

The purpose is to overload the ObamaCare website, to deny service to users and perhaps overload and crash the system.

You can open as many copies of the program as you want. Each copy opens multiple links to the site.

ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people. We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!

Of course, there’s no way of knowing who wrote and posted the tool, which has been mentioned on social media sites. It’s certainly possible that it’s the work of critics of President Obama’s healthcare legislation. But until we learn more, there’s no way to rule out the possibility that it was developed by an Obamacare supporter with the hope of discrediting critics.

H/t: DB for another exclusive

G.O.P. UNVEILS OWN HEALTH-CARE WEB SITE, EMERGENCYROOM.GOV (Satire)

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The New Yorker – Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Saying that “the American people are fed up with a disastrous Web site that doesn’t work and never will,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) and a phalanx of congressional Republicans today unveiled their own health-care Web site, EmergencyRoom.gov.

“At EmergencyRoom.gov, every American can access the one tried-and-true health-care system that has worked in this country for decades,” he said.

While Healthcare.gov has frustrated many users with its difficult-to-navigate design, Rep. Cantor said that at EmergencyRoom.gov, “Health care is just three easy steps away. One: enter your zip code. Two: see the list of emergency rooms. Three: get to the nearest one before you die.”

The Virginia Republican wasted no time touting the cost savings of EmergencyRoom.gov, comparing it favorably with the notoriously expensive Obamacare site: “Unlike Healthcare.gov, which private contractors built at a cost running into the hundreds of millions, EmergencyRoom.gov was built for nine hundred dollars by my intern Josh.”

And in contrast with Healthcare.gov’s maze of forms, links, and phone numbers, he said, “EmergencyRoom.gov has just one phone number: 9-1-1.”

In what may be the strongest selling point for the new site, Rep. Cantor said that the wait time on EmergencyRoom.gov is “virtually nonexistent,” not counting the twelve to thirty-six hours spent in the actual emergency room.

NATION THAT WAITED DECADES TO PASS HEALTH CARE INFURIATED BY SLOW WEB SITE – (Satire)

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The New Yorker – Andy Borowitz

A nation that waited several decades for health insurance is becoming increasingly infuriated by a Web site that is wasting minutes of its time, reports from across the United States confirm.

The official Web site of Obamacare, HealthCare.gov, has been plagued by glitches, crashes, and sluggishly loading pages, say millions of angry Americans attempting to log on to the site at exactly the same time.

“Look, I know that we had to wait longer for health care than virtually every other industrialized nation on earth,” said Tracy Klugian, a muffler salesman from Akron, Ohio. “But the time I spent on that Web site is thirty-five minutes I’ll never get back.”

Sharing what he called his “Obamacare horror story,” Mr. Klugian said, “Being on that Web site slowed down our wi-fi so much that my kids couldn’t stream videos. For a so-called health-care program, it’s causing a lot of stress that’s the opposite of healthy, if you ask me.”

Harland Dorrinson, a gym manager from Knoxville, Tennessee, had an Obamacare nightmare of his own, having to log on to the site “two completely different times” before getting health insurance for the first time in his life.

“President Obama said he was going to make health care affordable and available to millions of Americans,” he said, bitterly. “He didn’t tell us it would take more than an hour.”

Hacked Obama website invites supporters to anti-Govt events

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It was just a matter of time…

The Griot       

From The Washington Examiner

The Obama campaign website was hacked on Tuesday and invited supporters to two fake anti-government events hosted by an unnamed “Commy Obama.”

The campaign’s application for mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, directed users to two events titled “Rules of Politics” scheduled for noon on Tuesday in Washington.

“1. Politicians and other public servants lie,” read the event description provided on the Obama campaign website. (Full screenshot here.) “

2. Politicians tell you what you want to hear and offer to provide things for ‘free’ to get votes.

3. When government buys, the people pay.”

The 430-word message lists 21 total anti-government criticisms, none of which target Obama, another politician or a particular political party by name.

Click here for the rest of the story

 

 

‘What The F**k Has Obama Done So Far’ Creators Discuss Their Web Site (VIDEO)

This website has gone viral, and rightfully so.  It’s awesome.  Perhaps somewhat redundant since other sites including this one have listed dozens of the Obama administration’s accomplishments.  However, it’s all in the presentation…

Huffington Post

The creators of ‘What The Fuck Has Obama Done So Far,’ a web site that displays various Obama administration accomplishments, stopped by “The Last Word” to talk about their site on Monday night. The web site, which resembles the format of the 2008 hit site — and later book — ‘Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle,’ was launched last week and has already been viewed by more than four million people, according to Lawrence O’Donnell.

Shavanna Miller, who came up with the idea, says it only took approximately three hours for her and her two friends to put the site together on a Sunday night.

Co-creator Richard Boenigk discussed the thought behind the site: “When we set out to create the site, we weren’t out to convince anybody who wasn’t already a supporter of the president…. When he was elected, I think people dreamed really big, bigger than they probably had in the past. And I think that left a lot of room for disappointment. So this is a site to remind people of the things he has accomplished.”

Scroll down for the full interview.

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