Healthcare.gov security lapse? Contact info of Obamacare navigators downloadable; Update: Information was already public?

Late Wednesday night, tweeters and bloggers discovered that among the many problems of the Obamacare website, an apparent lapse in security allows anyone to peruse a back-end healthcare.gov website that provides the names, addresses, and phone numbers of hundreds of Obamacare navigators. It does not appear that the website was intended for viewing by members of the general public. The blog Weasel Zippers reported on the existence of the possible security lapse last night.

It seems as if “hacking” the Obamacare website is easier than anyone thought.

Update, 6:50 am ET:

Based on a quick comparison of five random database entries, the “security lapse” database displays the same data that are in this publicly searchable database. At this point Twitchy has been unable to confirm that any non-public navigator information has been disclosed. We will continue to investigate.

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