Healthcare.gov system hack compromised data of 75K

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A government computer system that interacts with Healthcare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot that agencies often use to release unfavorable developments.

Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before signup season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

About 10 million people currently have private coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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