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HHS-Run Website Hacked To Hawk Boots, Perfumes, and NFL Jerseys 43

cold fjord writes with this excerpt from the Weekly Standard: "A portion of the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was apparently hacked as long as two months ago. SAMHSA is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS also runs the new Obamacare insurance marketplace, Dozens of pages hawking retail merchandise have been uploaded to the SAMHSA site, ranging from NFL jerseys to Ugg shoes to Armani fragrances. ... Shortly after this story was posted, the site returned an error message saying that the site could not be found. Later, the following message appeared on the site (misspelling included): 'This site is undgoing maintenance. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.'" (Screenshots in the story; Cached example from Google.)"
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HHS-Run Website Hacked To Hawk Boots, Perfumes, and NFL Jerseys

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  • At what point do we get past every cracked website being "news for nerds, stuff that matters"? It's not. It's either a criminal matter or it's a story of negligence or incompetence. This might have been a story in 1999, but today it certainly doesn't qualify as the slightest bit interesting in any technical way. Similarly, news about US government employees and websites,... it's not news for nerds. It may well be important to many /. readers who live in the USA. It might even have some significance as World
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 05, 2013 @04:52AM (#45042861)

    Anyone who isn't addicted to American consumerism is mentally ill. This perfectly normal retail portion of the website helps Americans recovering from substance abuse by encouraging them to spend all their money on shiny crap instead.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A link to the right-wing near-tabloid "The Weekly Standard", calls the PPACA "Obamacare", assumption that HHS doesn't have multiple teams / varying levels of security and monitoring based on site importance, implication that a single hacked site somehow implies the entire department of Health and Human Services is incompetent.

    The fact that timothy green-lights this shit is mind-boggling.

    • We've had articles linked to the Daily Caller, National Review, Reason Magazine, and if memory serves, World Net Daily.

      I'm expecting there soon to be an article that links to the somewhat paradoxically-named American Thinker.

  • I think the feds should take advantage of those low prices. At least then, when they default, we can all end up with free T-shirts and a pair of shoes.

  • Sounds very familiar, this exact same link-spam has been hitting ./ for a couple of years now. Usually several postings from one user, somewhat individualized posts. I just moderate all posts by that user -1 troll and they disappear from sight/site. Whack-a-mole for sure, but at least the spamming becomes less visible/effective.

    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
      Inserting actual sales pages is far more than just link spam. I run several sites, including blogs and forums and deal with link spammers every day. This required either a software exploit, or a human one (social engineering/inside man).
  • Clearly nobody needs that government sub-agency. Not one complaint in months? Not one employee (let alone tech admin) noticed?

  • With the impending and now current government shutdown, HHS clearly just decided to dedicate a portion of their site to selling merchandise in an attempt to partially self-fund their operations. I say well done, HHS.
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    And the website that those jerseys were taken from and linked to is still quite active, with contact info. []


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