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Grant Gross | Jan. 17, 2014 remains riddled with security vulnerabilities and is ripe for ID theft three and a half months after its launch, two cybersecurity experts told U.S. lawmakers Thursday.

Still, Republican members of the committee repeated their long-standing concerns about possible breaches at the site.

"When the Obama Administration launched, Americans were led to believe that the website was safe and secure," said Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and committee chairman. "This was not the case."

The House Science Committee hearing was one of two on security convened by House Republicans Thursday morning, with the second hearing, in the House Oversight Committee, focused on security concerns raised by HHS officials before the site's launch.

"In my view, this is about confidence the American people have in their government, and whether or not their government is going everything they can to protect their privacy," said Representative Larry Bucshon, an Indiana Republican. "In the minds of the American people ... this is the biggest threat target in the federal government."


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