"... Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s portal Healthcare.gov website in 2013..."
Watch video of Stempfley's testimony. There were several types of attacks including one attempted:
"... Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is designed to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service..."
The hackers or groups sharing the DDoS software tools:
"...Right wingers have been distributing the link to the necessary tools to perform the attacks on the Healthcare.gov website through social networking, as pointed out by Information Week, and other websites. The name of the attack tool is called, "Destroy Obama Care!"
The Information Week article reported:
"What of the "Destroy Obama Care!" tool's premise that it allows users to exercise their right to civil disobedience? On this front, the tool's author has read his or her U.S. legal code incorrectly. Indeed, U.S. law enforcement agencies have vigorously prosecuted people who launch DDoS attacks against any website."
It'll be interesting to see who is prosecuted and jailed for this. Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act, it is law. It is hypocritical to criticism something for its availability failure while silently and simultaneously hacking it at the same time. Shameful.
[Correction: An earlier version of this article linked to a news story at the Examiner(dot)com site. Since that site and article have been removed online, they were replaced with a link to the Free Republic, which replicated the news story. The Aegis Cyber Security site also reported the hacking attempt.]