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.

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  1. identicon
    Ken, 15 Jan 2008 @ 10:09am

    Facist Are We?

    Brad,

    You couldn't be further from the truth, IMO. That would stipulate central power with suppression to all opposition to that power via terrorism and censorship. That's not what we've got; not even close.

    We're capitalists, always have been and most likely always will be. Perhaps you don't like that, and that's okay. However, if we were fascists, they you would be hunted down for your anti-Government comments and persecuted.

    You shouldn't give up, though; it’s all of us working together (and sometimes against each other) that keeps the criminals in both political parties in check at least somewhat. If everyone just doesn’t care, corruption will run rampant in our government. At least we’ve been actually prosecuting politicians we catch. Yes, many more shady deals happen that we don’t catch, but giving up on demanding a non-corrupt Government is like saying we’ll never defeat crime so we might as well just get rid of the police and all get used to being victims. Well I say screw that.

    As for the complaints about people being anonymous, I haven't seen one name that looks like a real first and last name on anyone's post. At least ‘Anonymous’ has the guts to just call himself that instead of hiding behind some fake name and complaining about someone else doing the same.

    Ken

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