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
    Pro, 15 Jan 2008 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Pro...

    I'm bitter, but I consider myself clairvoyant. I see that the sheep are too easily fooled into re-electing Democrats and Republicans, and that a great many have a financial interest associated with one or the other. If 50% of the people in the country were named Joe, and some guy ran on the platform that he was going to give people named Joe a huge tax incentive - I bet he'd get elected. I bet some people that weren't named Joe would even vote for him.

    Russia has it's own problems that far surpass ours. We're on the road to ruin, but we have a ways to go before we reach that level. I see our system as 'the sun'. The sun is really big and has lots of fuel, but it's a lossy system and will run out some day. Our economy is similar. People are a product of their environment, and business is a product of it's environment. A good portion of our businesses don't even create anything worthwhile anymore except that they 'creates jobs' and keeps the economy moving. This big circle of money gives the illusion that things are good. It also creates opportunity for the parasites have destroyed this economy to take their cut. Sooner or later it's going to be dry up.

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