Le sigh; teh stoopid is rampant once again:
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would prevent the federal government from deploying new websites that don’t adequately protect personal data.
His Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act would also require existing websites to show they [are] safe and secure. If a website fails to meet that standard, the government would have to take it offline until it is repaired.
There should be no problem figuring out at what the Hon. Bentivolio’s putative legislation is aimed – healthcare.gov.
“In its haste to implement ObamaCare, the White House has acted with reckless disregard when it comes to protecting the public from hackers,” Bentivolio said Tuesday. “With this website, they have jeopardized not only the personal information of users attempting to obtain health insurance, but also potentially compromised dozens of other federal agencies and their systems.”
While this may well be true 1 2, it is also potentially true of every inter-agency governmental website currently gracing — or thinking of gracing — the innernetz. That does not mean all these sites are a hackers wet dream.
Unless, of course, it’s the U.S. House of Representative’ website. Now, that sucka has been pwned so many times it’s pretty much a script kiddy’s easy biacth. Hell, the U.S. House of Representative’ website has been hacked so many times it enjoys it.
Pot; meet Kettle. Rocks and glass houses. Motes and beams…pick your imagery.
If we were Rep. Bentivolio we believe we might pause and consider our situation before speaking.
On the other hand, events of the past year make it more and more clear that members of Congress aren’t given to thinking even on their best days.