The FBI’s No Fly Checklist was discovered on the general public web on an unsecured server hosted by regional airline CommuteAir, a hacker in Switzerland reported.
The hacker, a self-described cybersecurity researcher, notified the airline in regards to the knowledge publicity. CommuteAir is a United Airways United Categorical regional accomplice.
The No-Fly Checklist is maintained by the U.S. authorities’s Terrorist Screening Heart, a division of the Nationwide Safety Department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The listing is utilized by authorities companies and airways to determine whom to ban on board airline flights. These on the listing are prohibited from boarding industrial plane for flights inside, into, or out of america.
The listing was created within the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror assaults.
The breach of the listing was confirmed on Friday by the Transportation Safety Administration and on Saturday by Congressman Dan Bishop, who sits on the Home Homeland Safety Committee.
“The complete US no-fly listing – with 1.5 million+ entries – was discovered on an unsecured server by a Swiss hacker,” Bishop mentioned in a tweet. “Moreover the truth that the listing is a civil liberties nightmare, how was this data so simply accessible?”
Bishop indicated that Congress will examine the incident.
In a press release launched to the media on Friday, the TSA mentioned it was “conscious of a possible cybersecurity incident” and mentioned it was investigating it “in coordination with our federal companions.”
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