To us, the most pervasive threat facing the American public — besides lake-borne zombie amoeba — is that our elected officials and appointed leaders possess a fundamental lack of understanding of, or curiosity about, technology.
And now we can blame the appalling lack of oversight and understanding about technology for a massive security breach in a Website set up specifically for people who were wrongly placed on the ridiculous TSA “no fly” list — which includes at least two 5-year-olds, by the way.
On Friday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee blasted the TSA for failing to safeguard the private information of those who use the Website to clear their own names. In typical government fashion, the site was created by the former company of the TSA official in charge of creating it. Raise your hand if you think the guy’s former company was chosen from among a variety of competitive bids. If your hand is up, you’re a fucking retard.
From the article:
The report, prepared at the request of Chairman Henry Waxman, accuses the TSA of “poor procurement practices, conflicts of interest, and weak oversight.” It finds that the company hired to design the site, Desyne Web Services in Virginia, was awarded a “no-bid” contract, that the TSA official in charge of the site was a former employee of the contractor, and that the TSA did not detect the security issues for months.
The report also states that neither Desyne nor the TSA site’s technical lead have been sanctioned for their roles in deploying the insecure site and that the TSA’s relationship with Desyne remains ongoing.
Honestly, the only thing separating our nation from a true banana republic are the funny hats.
Congressional Report Slams TSA For Security Breach [Information Week]