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[ISN] Springs man sent to prison for hacking into TSA computer

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 12 2011 - 08:34:53 GMT

January 11, 2011

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a Colorado Springs man to two years in
prison for trying to damage a high-security government computer system
used to screen airline passengers.

Judge David M. Ebel also ordered Douglas James Duchak to pay $60,587 in
restitution to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for
repairs needed after he introduced a code into the system that would
have disrupted the agency’s ability to compare arrest warrants against
the names of air travelers.

According to court records, the incident occurred on Oct. 23, 2009,
while Duchak worked at the TSA’s operations center in Colorado Springs,
days after he had been notified by a TSA contractor that his job was
about to be terminated.

Investigators said security cameras and other data showed Duchak
entering the operation center after hours that night about the same time
that the unauthorized code was entered. If activated, the code would
have disrupted TSA’s ability to vet names against its “no fly” list
temporarily, court records stated.


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