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TSA Procedures Accidentally Revealed

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently posted a 93-page document revealing several of their security procedures at US airports as part of a contract solicitation. However, several hackers were able to easily undo the electronic redaction and access information not intended for public viewing. The document has classified and sensitive information, such as indications that people with wheel chairs, medical dressings, prosthetic devices, and scooters are exempt from screening. It also revealed that citizens of countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Somalia, among others, need extra screening.

In an attempt to quell fears, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the information was outdated and, “[t]he security of the traveling public has never been put at risk.” Several responsible TSA officials have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the posting.

Read more at the Washington Post, the BBC, or the down falls of electronic redaction at Computerworld.


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