CMS administrator to testify before committee on hack

Following news that a server was broken into and injected with malware, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on September 18.

The committee's chairman, Darrell Issa, had strong words regarding the testimony. “Considering this administration launched over the objections of CMS, it's unsurprising that the website has suffered a 'malicious attack'," he said in a release."The committee will continue to push for answers from the administration and Administrator Tavenner must testify on the subject of transparency, accountability, and information security…”

The uploaded malware was intended to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, the server compromised was one used to test new code and, according to CMS, no consumer data was exposed.

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