Abney and Associates

The Affordable Care Act exchanges presumably will result in the creation of one of the largest collections of personal data in US history.

So did the federal government just ring the dinner bell for every hacker and identity thief on the planet?

First, it's important to dispel the hype. The exchanges don't actually store information - they simply link to it.

That doesn't mean they're less valuable as targets, from a hacker's perspective, but it does reduce the threat a little, as an attacker can't get the data directly from the site, but must instead breach at least two sites - the exchange and the government data portal it's linking to.

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