The Department of Justice recently charged a former Transportation System Administrtaion (TSA) employee, Douglas James Duchak, with trying to inject malicious code into TSA’s internal database, the implications of which could be disastrous to the safety of the United States. Duchak worked in TSA’s Colorado Springs Operations Center from August 2004 to October 2009 where he was a data analyst in charge of updating TSA’s internal database with information received from the federal government’s Terrorist Screening Database and the U.S. Marshal’s Service Warrant Information Network.
When Duchak was dismissed from this position in late October 22, 2009, he immediately went to work injecting unauthorized code into the CSOC server. The next day, he tried to load malicious code onto a server that contained the Terrorist Screening Database. All in all, Duchak faces fines of up to $500,000 and up to 10 years in a federal penitentiary.
A scary reality, this signals a wake-up call for TSA’s security screening. Apparently TSA has been extra vigilant since screeners failed to catch a man who attempted to blow up a U.S. flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day.
(Via Information Week)