Ex-TSA Staffer Pleads Not Guilty To Sabotage Attempt
By Andrew Ramonas | March 12, 2022 5:06 pm

A former Colorado-based Transportation Security Administration employee pleaded not guilty this week to allegedly inserting malicious code into the FBI’s terrorist watch list and U.S. Marshals Service Warrant Information Network.

Douglas James Duchak, who was a data analyst at the TSA’s Colorado Springs Operations Center, allegedly put the malicious code in the systems last October — a week before he was set to be laid off, according to the indictment. The malware was allegedly caught by other TSA employees before it harmed the systems, which include the no-fly list and the main law enforcement network for the U.S. Marshals Service, Wired reported.

The ex-TSA employee could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

David Lindsey, Duchak’s lawyer, told Wired that the allegations were false. He said the alleged malicious code wasn’t dangerous and the U.S. District Court of Colorado will learn it was “nothing.”

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