TSA Staffer Hires Buddies To Build Insecure Website For Folks Falsely On Watch List

from the well-that-makes-me-feel-safe dept

We've had so many stories of government computer systems or websites that have terrible security or are just useless (but expensive!) that it shouldn't surprise us to hear of another one. Yet, there's always someone who can go a step further. Witness the news that the TSA's website for individuals who find themselves incorrectly on the security watchlist has been found to be insecure, with hundreds of falsely accused travelers exposing personal details by using the site. Even better, it turns out that the company that was hired to build the site got the job in a no-bid contract (meaning there wasn't any competition -- it was just chosen) and the guy responsible for figuring out who to hire just so happened to have been a former employee at that company. So, basically, what happened was that a guy who had taken a job at the TSA hired his former coworkers, with no competition for the job and apparently little oversight, to just build a website that turned out to be insecure. And, of course, without any oversight, it took months before anyone even noticed the site was insecure. And, remember, that this is the TSA we're talking about here -- an organization who's main concern is supposed to be security. I feel safer already.

Filed Under: security, tsa, watch list

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    Brad Eleven, 15 Jan 2008 @ 8:50am


    I hate to acknowledge it, but I've officially become numb to this flavor of crap. It's so pervasive, we hear about it so often, that I just shrug, now.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have become what we resisted. We are the Soviet Union, run by an incompetent and corrupt bureaucracy, crawling with criminals, black marketeers and war profiteers. We've even made the same mistake that the USSR made: We invaded a Middle Eastern country.

    On the bright side, we do [sort of] elect new leadership every few years. Unfortunately, the process is polluted by corporate lobbyists, and most of us only hear what corporations want for us to hear.

    I suppose it's more of a fascist/corporatist state than the communist state that the USSR was, but it's still an oligarchy.

    Just gimme my tech and let me earn a decent living, and don't torture me, rendition me and/or put me in a detention camp, or I'll go all Solzhenitsyn on ya, Uncle Sam.

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