According to a newly released report from security researcher Volodymyr Diachenko, DHS last month had their highly-secretive terror/no fly watchlist with nearly 2 million so-called “suspected terrorists” on it exposed on the open internet “without a password or any other authentication required to access it.”
Despite DHS being immediately alerted to the astonishing act of incompetence by Diachenko, they took three weeks to take the exposed database down. That means the entire list could potentially be in the hands of our foreign adversaries’ while American dissidents are being blocked from knowing whether they are on these lists and being forced to go through legal hell to fight to get off the lists in order to get their rights back.
From Volodymyr Diachenko, “America’s secret terrorist watchlist exposed on the web without a password: report”:
On July 19, 2021 I discovered a terrorist watchlist containing 1.9 million records online without a password or any other authentication required to access it.
The watchlist came from the Terrorist Screening Center, a multi-agency group administered by the FBI. The TSC maintains the country’s no-fly list, which is a subset of the larger watchlist. A typical record in the list contains a full name, citizenship, gender, date of birth, passport number, no-fly indicator, and more.
Apparently, this is the TSC (Terrorist Screening Centre) dataset publicly exposed (tsc_id is the only clue), with 1.9M+ records. In any case, any thoughts as of where to responsibly report? pic.twitter.com/e31pSrHnoM
— Bob Diachenko (@MayhemDayOne) July 19, 2021