Skip to main content

TSA Contractor Punished for Damaging Data

In March of 2010, Douglas James Duchak, 46, of Colorado Springs pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to corrupt Transportation Security Administration databases. Duchak worked for the TSA at the Colorado Springs Operations Center (CSOC) from at 2004 to 2009 as a data analyst, and was tasked with updating the TSA computers with new information from the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database and the United States Marshal's Service Warrant Information Network. In October of 2009, a week after he was told he would be laid off, Duchak was alleged to have attempted to damage TSA's vetting database. The changes Duchak made to the code were noticed by his replacement and the TSA was able to shut down the database.

Duchak faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and fines of up to a quarter of a million dollars. This week a judge ruled that he must serve a two-year federal sentence, and pay $60,000 in restitution to the TSA. In addition to this, he must serve a sentence of three years supervised release following his two year prison sentence.

  • woshitudou
    I bet he used an nvidia card.
    Reply
  • woshitudou
    :)
    Reply
  • toastninja17
    The TSA is just aaaaallllll kinds of epic fail, all the time
    Reply
  • thorimmortal
    what is a contracter? sounds french , rule #1 don't contract people that have Contracter on their license.
    Reply
  • sparky2010
    woshitudouI bet he used an nvidia card.
    LOL!! good one... +1
    Reply
  • zak_mckraken
    Sabotage or scapegoat?
    Reply
  • toastninja17
    otacon72Try an do their job for one day...dout you could hack it.Not my point. I'm looking at the big picture. First all the pat down shenanigans, coupled with the failure rate, and now this. I don't hack so I don't care about that.
    They really should just have "what is this I don't even" as their catchphrase
    Reply
  • jalek
    TSA had a petty, unprofessional person working for them? Say it isn't so.
    A contractor for five years, I'm sure he has nowhere pressing to be these days anyway.
    Reply
  • Platypus
    otacon72Try an do their job for one day...dout you could hack it.
    toastninja17I don't hack so I don't care about that.
    I laughed. Otacon's phrase means you can't "handle" it. No hacking skills required, Toastninja.

    In the name of making us safer, TSA has convinced me to seek other modes of transportation.
    Reply
  • maestintaolius
    I feel safer already.
    Reply