Saturday, April 19, 2014

Obamacare federal exchange vulnerable to Heartbleed Internet security flaw

The government recommends you change your password. I doubt that will fix the problem. Experts have long warned the Obamacare exchanges has big security holes. 
WASHINGTON (AP) - People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular petitions page.
The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.
Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. A message that will be posted on the health care website starting Saturday reads: "While there's no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution."

Punt: Keystone XL pipeline decision likely delayed until after 2014 elections...

The State department needs more time. Apparently, five years wasn't enough.
WASHINGTON — The Canadian government demanded an answer immediately on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. It has now received a reply from the United States government that amounts to: Maybe next year.
The project is now paralyzed for an indefinite period, with the U.S. administration Friday announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges.
The announcement made it clear that Canadian pipeline backers will not get the answer they wanted in time for the summer construction season, pushing completion of the project until 2015 — at best.
The State Department said it needs more time to prepare its recommendation to the president because the pipeline route is mired in uncertainty. A legal dispute is underway in Nebraska over the route and it is unlikely to be resolved before next year.

Interesting: FBI is reportedly probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis

Via The DC
The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.”
The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.”
The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
“It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations,” the paper wrote.
“We are not aware that Wendy Davis is the subject or target of any investigation,” her campaign told the outlet.
But the campaign for her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, is raising questions in the wake of the revelation.
“This revelation — the latest in a series of bombshells regarding Sen. Davis’ ethical conduct — is both shocking and unsurprising at the same time,” Abbott communications director Matt Hirsch said.

Charlie Daniels Tweets: "Harry Reid you should be put in jail for impersonating an American"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kansas City highway shooting suspect captured and identified: Mohammed Pedro Whitaker

Where have I heard that name "Mohammed" before?

From The Heritage Foundation: Where does all your tax money go

Democrats told to avoid the “R” word in 2014

R as in the "recovery" that hasn't exactly materialized...
Via ABC News:
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.
So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face.”
In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.
Coincidentally or not, Democrats have largely shelved the “R” word.
Can we get the $800 million in stimulus spending money back? I thought not...