Arbor Networks Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle. “ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!” In a blog post published Thursday, Arbor researcher Marc Eisenbarth said there’s no evidence Healthcare.gov has been subjected to any significant denial-of-service attacks since going live last month.

He also said the limited request rate, the lack of significant distribution, and other features of the tool’s underlying code made it unlikely that it could play a significant role in taking down the site.

The tool is designed to put a strain on the site by repeatedly alternating requests to the https://www.healthcare.gov and https:www.healthcare.gov/contact-us addresses.

If enough requests are made over a short period of time, it can overload some of the “layer 7” applications that the site relies on to make timely responses.     

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