Researchers at security engineering firm Arbor Networks have discovered a tool that appears to target the federal health insurance marketplace Healthcare.gov with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
The tool, which aims to overload the site with unnecessary requests, is available for download and has been mentioned on social media.
The description suggests its author was politically motivated. “Destroy Obamacare,” it says. “Obamacare is an affront to the constitutional rights of the people.”
It could be a subversive joke
The source is unclear, however, and it could just as easily be a subversive joke. If genuine, it may be the latest example of a “hacktivist” tool.
“This application continues a trend [we are] seeing with…