On Wednesday, Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, confirmed with lawmakers that there was, indeed a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the internet face of President Obama’s signature health care law.
Stempfley confirmed “one open-source action attempting to perpetrate a denial-of-service attack against the HealthCare.gov site that has been unsuccessful.” In fact, she confirmed sixteen other cyberattacks since the roll-out of the website.
A DDoS attack is an attempt to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service (such as repeatedly accessing the servers, saturating them with more traffic than they are designed to handle.)
No details were provided on the specifics of the sixteen other attacks.
Watch the exchange below: