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 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.

  • petrossa

    Incredible. Still open. Sleeping soundly i guess.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Wow, it sure didn’t take long to throw the Navigators under the bus.

  • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    And they expect us to believe that they can PROTECT our health information? Hell, they can’t even keep their own “navigator” private data secured!

  • Jim Denney

    No identity theft worries for that crowd. I’m guessing the average navigator has a credit score of -500 and a spotty employment record alternating between jail and ACORN.

    Their bosses however, have megabucks invested offshore with Bain Capital. It’s all legit though, Charley Rangel’s accountant does their taxes.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Life in their prison, and remember, you too can join them…Security is not a state of mind…its the state that controls your mind…were you born free without a social security number??? It has been proliferated, and entered into more databases that you don’t ever think about…

  • Jack Deth

    Lots of possibilities for the “consumers” to run background checks on the “navigators”. To find their political leanings, sexual predilections, arrest records, association to political voter blocs (ACORN). The possibility of voter fraud, identity theft and anything else that comes to mind.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    What do we have that they don’t have?
    What do they have that we don’t have?

  • meepbobeep

    this info has been up for awhile .. i know, b.c i looked at it a week ago.none of this is secret info. the whole point of the navigators is that they’re a public resource -these are the orgs which they’re supposed to be giving you contact info for further help.

    but given they can show a simplified database fairly easily (note that the plan info isn’t enough to give exact premiums or policy details), it makes one wonder why they couldn’t get the core exchange function done.

  • NRPax

    And how many thousands of people have already saved this file off site by now?

  • meepbobeep

    here’s the test – for the navigator data table, scroll all the way to the right. There’s a field(column) labeled Display. All the rows I’m seeing say “yes”, meaning this was intended to be displayed publicly.

    I’m on an ipad right now, so perhaps I’m not seeing the “no” rows, indicating that private info is being divulged.

    But before you go down this road, make sure you’re not yelling about info intended to be public…being public.

  • Rovin

    The first question Issa should ask Sebelius next week, is why some one in the administration decided to block the feature to SHOP FIRST, before signing up and providing your personal history from cradle to grave. Of course, we all know the answer, the government didn’t want to scare off their lemmings with STICKER SHOCK, before they could LOCK IN your personal information that THEY NOW OWN FOR ETERNITY. And you think this information is secure? Think again.

  • rambler

    Well, the ACA was created with lies, promoted with lies, passed with lies and dumped on the public with lies. The lies aren’t stopping there. So what confidence does the public have that protecting privacy isn’t a lie? NONE!!!!

  • GreenEyedGal

    If you click on the link above about the “names, addresses and phone numbers” of hundreds of navigators, what you find is what looks to be a database of businesses, perhaps call centers, their phone numbers, hours, what languages they speak, etc. It doesn’t look like any personal information was released to me. Unless a lot of people have their own personal 877 numbers.

  • John Howard

    Put a % (SQL wildcard symbol) in as the Data Set Name and you get ALL of the datasets.

  • $3045313

    This link shows you every states healthplan and cost:

    data (DOT) healthcare (DOT) gov/dataset/QHP-Individual-Medical-Landscape/ba45-xusy

    • NRPax

      I wonder why it doesn’t list all of the states? MD is not on that list.

      • TJ

        The states that set up their own exchanges might be the ones missing. Only the 36 that have to go though the federal exchange are there.

        • NRPax

          Thanks. That shows you how little attention I’ve been paying to this.

  • rssllue

    Just add another nut to the crazy pile of this cluster of confusion that is now our government.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    Thankfully, my pc has not even touched the website. Nor my husband’s.

    • Julie the Jarhead

      You husband’s WHAT???

      Only kidding. English major syndrome — I have a weakness for weird sentence structure.

      On the other hand, the gov’t already has all the information on you and your husband that they’ll ever had. NSA, anyone?

  • ToyZebra

    Another reason not to sign up. Identity thieves have got to be drooling over this. A web site this badly designed has got to have flawed security.

  • Captain America’s Wife
  • AlmaAlma

    How come Obama’s personal background information is so safely guarded?

  • Here To Help

    On the right side where you see ‘Filter this dataset based on contents.’, change ‘Is’ to ‘Contains’ and then enter % in place of NAV

  • Kestrel Blackfeather

    It doesn’t seem to be any kind of personal data at all, just a list of companies involved that provide insurance through the exchanges. Nothing to see here, really. If anything, it’s a good thing, and this particular data *should* be made public. Bonus points for XML export, but I doubt the government could handle such a “complicated” data format.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    If one thing is for certain, it’s that Hussein Obama is a delusional lunatic.