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Look-alike sites pop up for state's health insurance exchange

September 25, 2013 J

The Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s office is investigating a number of websites that have popped up which have striking similarities to the state’s Washington Healthplanfinder site.

The state’s site is designed to provide information about the health insurance exchange that will start enrolling subscribers on October 1st.

At least one of the sites provides an insurance application asking for an individual’s private information, including the social security number.

“It’s impossible to tell which site is the real site and which site is not the state website,” said Christopher Budd, a online security and privacy expert at Trend Micro.

Budd believes the online enrollment of possibly hundreds of thousands of new subscribers can pose serious security issues.

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