►Approximately 16 failed cyberattacks and a failed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack have been launched against the Obamacare Web site, according to CNN reports of testimony from a top Department of Homeland Security official. The unsuccessful attacks occurred between November 6 and 8, said Roberta Stempfley during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. The attempted hacks were discovered by a white-hat hacker working for the Health and Human Services department, officials stated. “All of this information is a tempting target for hackers, identity thieves and other malicious actors,” Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said during the hearing, according to NBC. “We already have reported cases of hacks, fraudulent websites, and documented security vulnerabilities in the system.”
►In other news, Fox News reports on a school shooting in Pittsburgh, stating that "Authorities say a 16-year-old student has been charged with shooting and injuring three students as they headed to their cars outside of Brashear High School in Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon." And the Department of Homeland Security must disclose its plans for an internet “kill switch,” the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday. Within 30 days, DHS must release the protocols that govern shutting down wireless networks to prevent the remote detonation of bombs. The agency has the option of appealing the decision, according to The Washington Times.