Homeland Security Admits That TSA Scanners Have 'Vulnerabilities'

from the shockingly-unshocking dept

A leaked internal report by Homeland Security has revealed what most people already knew: that its new (expensive) nudie scanners have vulnerabilities that could let things through. This is hardly a surprise. We've written about previous claims including a pretty detailed research report highlighting the vulnerabilities. In fact, it seems pretty crazy that the TSA is finally starting to take notice now. What's really the most galling, of course, is that plenty of people have been pointing out these kinds of vulnerabilities for a while and the TSA did nothing. It's just that now, as the vulnerabilities are finally getting press attention, that the TSA starts to pretend to take these things seriously, rather than admitting the truth: they're there for show more than anything else.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2012 @ 5:01pm

    At least it's effective at killing insulin pumps

    As seen on slashdot earlier:

    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/state/story/TSA-diabetes-salt-lake-insulin-savannah/Az- QjubuEUeXMX7LAbC1Xw.cspx

    Apparently these machines, while failing to locate certain items, are pretty effective at breaking mission-critical medical equipment.

    Even though I don't use any such medical devices, I feel better knowing that I have opted out almost every time they tried to push me through that cattle-gate - opting instead for some sweaty dude to rub his hands all over my body - and I fly several times a month.

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