So easy, even grownups can use it!
A computer security student says terrorists would have no trouble getting around the government’s no-fly list, and to prove it he set up a Web site that prints fake boarding passes.
The passenger name on the fake boarding pass is “Bin Laden/Osama,” although travelers can put in their own name — or a fake one — and change the flight information, too. . . . before that savvy computer users could modify an airline Web page to print fake boarding passes, but Soghoian took it a step further and automated it.
“Before, any 12-year-old could have done it,” Soghoian said on Friday. “Now any 30- or 40-year-old could do it as well.”
A Website giving middle-aged people the competence of twelve-year-olds? I don’t feel too frightened, though a TSA spokesman assures us this Website threatens us all:
“The Web site really has the potential to promote illegal activity,” he said. “Showing fraudulent documents to get through security is against the law.”
Soghoian said the fake boarding pass couldn’t get anyone onto a flight — as long as the airline’s computers were working — because the bar code wouldn’t match the other information on the pass. . . . Soghoian said taking nail clippers and liquids away from travelers is just giving them a false sense of security, and that he’s trying to show where the real threats are.
“When they say ’For security reasons,’ everyone shuts up, everyone follows the rules, and no one questions authority. And I don’t think that’s right,” he said.
I keep hoping that sooner or later
So much for the rebellious-hacker-Neo-Matrix fantasy idea. Did I say I had a crush? I must have been delirious. Forget I even brought it up.
He said no one from the government had complained to him about the site, yet.
“If I get a letter from the government telling me to take it down, then I’ll take it down straightaway,” Soghoian said.