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from http://venturebeat.com/ 1106 days ago

Above: Billy Rios of Qualys at Black Hat

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

LAS VEGAS — It’s been more than a decade since 9/11 brought a stringent screening process to all airports. But can someone still get a weapon through Transportation Security Authority (TSA) airport screening devices? Yes, according to a security researcher who found flaws in three security machines.

Billy Rios, director of threat intelligence for the large security tech firm Qualys, said in both a press conference and presentation that he was able to find flaws that would enable a bad guy to spoof a machine and trick it into giving a wrong reaction when screening for weapons.

In his talk, Rios noted that he did the research on his own time, and reported all the problems he found months ago. Some of the devices are not in use anymore, but they illustrate the lack of thinking when ...

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