[ISN] Colorado Springs man allegedly sabotaged TSA computers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:21:20 -0600 (CST)

By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

A former employee of the Transportation Security Administration has been 
indicted by the Denver federal grand jury for attempting to sabotage TSA 
computers that enable TSA airport personnel to spot potential terrorists 
before they board airliners.

Douglas James Duchak, 46, of Colorado Springs, worked for the TSA from 
August 2004 through October 2009.

According to the indictment, Duchak sent a code or virus into computers 
at the TSA's Colorado Springs Operations Center in the attempt to 
disable the TSA computer system, which receives information from the 
government's Terrorist Screening Database and the U.S. Marshal's Service 
Warrant Information Network.

The indictment said that the TSA computer system is critical in "vetting 
of individuals" who are attempting to gain access to "secure areas of 
the nation's transportation system."

The indictment said that Duchak's duties included updating the databases 
with new information.

He allegedly inserted a virus programmed to spread on a specific date to 
destroy the computer system.


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