Republican lawmaker indicates Congress will investigate TSA no-fly list breach

Republican lawmaker indicates Congress will investigate TSA no-fly list breach


A Republican congressman who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee stated Congress “will be coming for solutions” after a hacker revealed the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list of recognized or suspected terrorists was accessible on an unsecured pc server.

“The whole US no-fly list – with 1.5 million+ entries – was discovered on an unsecured server by a Swiss hacker,” Bishop stated in a tweet. “Besides the truth that the list is a civil liberties nightmare, how was this information so simply accessible?”

The North Carolina lawmaker, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, indicated Congress will investigate the info publicity revealed on Friday.

“We’ll be coming for solutions,” Bishop claimed, probably making the breach the newest in an extended list of inquiries House Republicans have pledged to launch now that they’ve management of the decrease chamber.

CNN has contacted the committee for remark.

In an earlier assertion to CNN, the TSA stated Friday it’s “conscious of a possible cybersecurity incident, and we’re investigating in coordination with our federal companions.”

The knowledge was sitting on the general public web in an unsecured pc server hosted by CommuteAir, a regional airline based mostly in Ohio, in line with the hacker claiming the invention, CNN beforehand reported.

The hacker, who additionally describes herself as a cybersecurity researcher, beforehand advised CNN she notified CommuteAir of the info publicity.

The regional airline stated in an announcement that the info accessed by the hacker was “an outdated 2019 model of the federal no-fly list” that included names and birthdates.

The no-fly list is a set of recognized, or suspected, terrorists, who’re barred from flying to or within the US. The screening program grew out of the September 11, 2001, terrorist assaults and includes airways evaluating their passenger information with federal knowledge to maintain harmful folks off planes.

CNN beforehand reported that CommuteAir, which completely operates 50-seat regional flights for United Airlines from Washington Dulles, Houston and Denver hubs, stated it took the affected pc server offline after a “member of the safety analysis neighborhood” had contacted the airline.

The Daily Dot, a tech information outlet, first reported on the supposed knowledge breach.