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 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: Facist Are We?

    Hi Vincent,

    I was referring to what would happen should the American people give up caring entirely. At least now polititions have to try and hide their corrpution and face severe penalties, either criminal or electoral, when they're outed. Imagine if they could just do it in the open because nobody cared.

    I hate pork-barrel spending, but one senator I was listening to (don't remember the name) had a good point. It was this: his constituents spend a ton of mony in taxes and it's his job to get some of it, as much of it as he can, back to his state. I think they should have an annual 'Pork' bill, so that everything these guys spend money on using earmarks would have to pass on it's own merit. That way, people could see what's happening. While pork-barrel spending it a terrible problem and can aid in corruption, it's not corrpution in and of it self. The most difficult part of getting rid of that type of spending is that the people who would have to vote out someone for that type of spending would be shooting their own state in the foot.

    I've never understood why Alaskans get a dividend check from their oil when no other states that produce oil do, but all states get federal money for infrastrusture projects and I see no reason to exclude any single state. I do see a reason for the federal government to stop taking our money and deciding hot to dish it out instead of letting the states do it based on their local needs.

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