[funsec] Congressman Ed Markey Wants Security Researcher Arrested

Fergie fergdawg at netzero.net
Fri Oct 27 16:14:27 CDT 2006

This is... priceless.

Via 27B Stroke 6.


Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wants the federal government to
arrest security researcher Christopher Soghoian for creating the
Northwest Airline Boarding Pass Generator, a site which lets anyone
create a facsimile of a Northwest Airlines boarding pass. Soghoian
hoped to spur Congress to look closely at the nation's aviation
security policies, which he calls "security theater."

Instead, Markey, a member of the House Homeland Security committee,
wants the site shut down and Soghoian arrested.

"The Bush Administration must immediately act to investigate, apprehend
those responsible, shut down the website, and warn airlines and
aviation security officials to be on the look-out for fraudsters or
terrorists trying to use fake boarding passes in an attempt to cheat
their way through security and onto a plane," Markey said in a
statement. "There are enough loopholes at the backdoor of our passenger
airplanes from not scanning cargo for bombs; we should not tolerate any
new loopholes making it easier for terrorists to get into the front
door of a plane."

Soghoian, a Ph.D. student at Indiana University, says he has never used
one of the fake boarding passes, which are likely good enough to get
someone past airline security, but not good enough to get you on the
plane. He was waiting for clearance from lawyers at Indiana University
before attempting to do so.



- ferg

"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
 Engineering Architecture for the Internet
 ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/

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