February 4, 2014

“The Belarusian Connection”

And?  Christ. You wingnuts and your paranoia:

U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.

The software links the millions of Americans who signed up for Obamacare to the federal government and more than 300 medical institutions and healthcare providers.

“The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyber attacks,” one official said.

Cyber security officials said the potential threat to the U.S. healthcare data is compounded by what they said was an Internet data “hijacking” last year involving Belarusian state-controlled networks. The month-long diversion covertly rerouted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus—a repressive dictatorship located between Russia, Poland, and Ukraine.

“Belarusian President [Alexander] Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is closely allied with Russia and is adversarial toward the United States,” the official added.

The combination of the Belarus-origin software, the Internet re-routing, and the anti-U.S. posture of the Belarusian government “makes the software written in Belarus a potential target of cyber attacks for identity theft and privacy violations” of Americans, the official said.

Security officials urged HHS to immediately conduct inspections of the network software for malicious code. The software currently is used in all medical facilities and insurance companies in the United States.

Much ado about nothing.  This is the Obama Administration. They are experts on everything anywhere ever.   You don’t think they could find a bit of accidentally inserted code?

The real question we need to address here is this:  why do you teatards hate the Belarusians, anyway? Is it xenophobia? Ultra-right nationalism? Some sort of slightly-tonally different form or secret racism? Seriously: if anyone is a threat to affordable healthcare, it isn’t state-controlled hackers in some foreign country who helped write the code that will access endless information about American citizens forced by leftists and John Roberts to bend over and get a bureaucratically gloved finger up their asses; it’s you anti-government arsonists and domestic terrorists waving your rolled-up “Constitutions” around like so many flaccid dicks.

Tell me. What are you Hobbits compensating for?

And why would you think Obama can’t fix this bump in the road?  Is it because he’s black?  I bet it is.  I bet it’s because he’s black, and Oprah’s black, and that black dude in the Cheerios commercial came and Mandingoed up a biracial baby.

You’ll do anything to bring down a strong black man.  Well, good luck. Obama is Shaft. And if — and it’s unlikely, given that we have such good relations with the former Soviet Union now that sophisticates of the left like Kerry and Barack are running foreign policy — the Belarusians did step a bit over the line, I’m sure it will be handled.  These guys can pen a strongly written missive like nobody’s business when they get their dander up.

(h/t Guido)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:42am

Comments (9)

  1. What’s the last thing these guys did that didn’t remind you of Cloward-Piven?

  2. It’s perfectly acceptable to hate Belarus. It is, after all White Russia.

  3. What’s that old saying?: ‘Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke!

    Yes, well, then the only question seems to be: ‘In which direction is the joke being played?

  4. Shutcho mouf!

    Outsourcing a gubmint software project to a hostile nation is beaucoup illegal. To qualify for selling software to the gubmint (Air Force, NSA), we couldn’t have developers in China, for example.

    But this is a Calvinball administration, because racists.

  5. “Rules? We make the rules! And Rule #1 is, You have to obey the rules — we don’t.”

  6. They’re just doing the jobs American coders won’t do. Because they’re racists who can’t stand working for a half-black man. Or something.

  7. He’s a bad motherfu…
    True dat.

  8. *just doing the jobs American coders won’t do*

    And when Amnesty comes, and everybody in the land is ipso facto or hocus pocus or presto chango an American, just who the hell IS going to do the jobs Americans won’t do?

  9. Fortunately, my wife is paranoid about identity theft, so, there won’t be any argument when it comes to whether we should pay the fine or sign up for Obamacare.