By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
A former employee of the Transportation Security Administration has been
indicted by the Denver federal grand jury for attempting to sabotage TSA
computers that enable TSA airport personnel to spot potential terrorists
before they board airliners.
Douglas James Duchak, 46, of Colorado Springs, worked for the TSA from
August 2004 through October 2009.
According to the indictment, Duchak sent a code or virus into computers
at the TSA's Colorado Springs Operations Center in the attempt to
disable the TSA computer system, which receives information from the
government's Terrorist Screening Database and the U.S. Marshal's Service
Warrant Information Network.
The indictment said that the TSA computer system is critical in "vetting
of individuals" who are attempting to gain access to "secure areas of
the nation's transportation system."
The indictment said that Duchak's duties included updating the databases
with new information.
He allegedly inserted a virus programmed to spread on a specific date to
destroy the computer system.
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