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Someone Was Warned, Denial of Service and Other News


The rocky rollout of, the website for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, has garnered a lot of attention from the media as well as technology analysts. Here's our daily roundup of some of the key reports you may have missed:

  • Anti-Obamacare hactivists have built a denial-of-service tool that aims to overload There’s no evidence the site has actually suffered denial-of-service attacks, maybe because the program wasn’t well made or maybe because people aren’t using it. The site currently seems to be denying service just fine on its own.
  • Republican lawmakers have released 175 pages of documents handed over by contractors that worked on before it’s Oct. 1 launch. One key take: The company currently overseeing the repair job told the government in September that the site couldn’t handle high traffic. So someone was warned the day before launch. Here are five more takes from the document dump.
  • One problem with fixing As it starts working better, more problems become apparent. "As we have fixed certain pieces of functionality, like the account creation process, we're seeing volume go further down the application,” a spokeswoman said. “We're identifying new issues that we need to be in a position to troubleshoot."
  • "It is fair to say that right now I'm not happy with some IT people in Washington," Obama said at a fundraiser in Texas.

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