More headaches for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. A former Transportation Security Administration contractor has been indicted in Colorado for allegedly planting a cyberbomb in the government computer network that contains the “no fly list.
Data analyst Douglas James Duchak, 46, is charged with inserting disruptive malware into the Colorado Springs Operations Center system last October. The network screens passengers and airport security workers, and contains the latest updated version of the terrorist watch list.
TSA officials say they caught the cyberbomb - which Duchak allegedly installed a week after being told his job was being terminated – before it went off.
But it was another close call for an agency that inadvertently published its airport security manual online and allowed Christmas Day would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board a Detroit-bound flight with explosives in his underwear.