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posted by Dopefish on Sunday February 16 2014, @11:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-get-what-you-pay-for dept.

mrbluze writes

"In the ongoing fallout from the problematic Obamacare website launch, John McAfee gave his perspective on the troubled project as reported in Day On The Day:

'The company used Indian programmers—in India—to code using Java Script. On the user's computer…Just bizarre,' he said.

McAfee also pointed out security flaws in the website, and those flaws are in addition to the scammers who will build fake websites just to get personal information. He said the hacker aspect was only one of the problems in 'an error ridden system.'"

[Ed. Note] Now that individuals will be more or less compelled to sign up, what implications will this have on information security?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by mtrycz on Sunday February 16 2014, @01:12PM

    by mtrycz (60) on Sunday February 16 2014, @01:12PM (#251)
    How do you program with JavaScritp on a user's computer?
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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Gaaark on Sunday February 16 2014, @01:18PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 16 2014, @01:18PM (#252) Journal
      That's what I was wondering. :)
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      • (Score: 1) by crutchy on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:21AM

        by crutchy (179) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:21AM (#1457) Homepage Journal

        maybe when users requested support, they had to launch a remote desktop to allow some developer in india to save a copy of the obamacare home page and insert some js hacks so that when the user opened the file it connected to the site to get to the next problem

        maybe obamacare server edition is closed source and the company that licensed it to the federal government told obama that his call is important and they will incorporate his suggestion to make the website work soon... till then they resort to working around the problem... one client at a time :-P

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Blackmoore on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:00PM

      by Blackmoore (57) on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:00PM (#274) Journal
      odd. comments are not showing up. after i submit
      perhaps i did not submit?
      anyway, when is the last time Macaffee looked at code? it is unlikely he even knows what javascript IS.
      • (Score: 1) by similar_name on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:57PM

        by similar_name (71) on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:57PM (#302)

        I'm not sure what to think when John McAfee says something's 'just bizarre'

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2014, @07:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2014, @07:45PM (#289)

    The company used Indian programmers—in India—to code using Java Script to gangrape the users' computers…Just bizarre

    In that case, it's most likely the authorities will just continue to look the other way [indiatimes.com].

  • (Score: 1) by unitron on Monday February 17 2014, @12:04AM

    by unitron (70) on Monday February 17 2014, @12:04AM (#345) Journal

    ...to the glorious, all-wonderful, cure for whatever ails you, private sector?

    And the result were less than perfect?

    Hang on a minute, let me dig around, I'm sure I left my shocked face lying around here somewhere.

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    • (Score: 1) by crutchy on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:30AM

      by crutchy (179) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:30AM (#1463) Homepage Journal

      i think you'll find that all government contractors are extremely efficient... at getting the most out of the governments they rort, but if the government keeps filling up the pig trough, pigs will keep coming to feed from it.

      surely you weren't foolish enough to believe that companies that contract to governments (anywhere) actually care about delivering a decent outcome? that would require governments to give a shit about a decent outcome in the first place, or at least know what a decent outcome is.

      governments are inept at managing projects of all sorts. at least the private sector has some concept of risk and consumers can vote with their wallets; governments on the other hand are like monopoly corporations that answer to nobody and can't be taken to court.