Illinois Computer Systems Posed High Risk Initially

CHICAGO (AP) — Government security experts working on the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law initially were worried that state computer systems — including in Illinois — could become a back door for hackers.

Documents provided to The Associated Press show more than two-thirds of states were initially rated as “high risk” for security problems. Illinois was one of those high-risk states. One document from late September shows Illinois had more than 80 security controls that either weren’t documented or were incomplete.

The administration says the documents offer only a partial and “outdated” snapshot. Officials say no successful cyber-attacks took place. Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman Mike Claffey says security is “top priority” and the state has a security committee that meets monthly to address any concerns.

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