A Republican lawmaker indicates that Congress will investigate breaches of the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list



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A Republican congressman who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee said Congress “will be coming for answers” after a hacker revealed that the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list of known or suspected terrorists could be accessed on an unsecured computer server.

Bishop said in a newspaper tweet. “Besides the fact that the list is a civil liberties nightmare, how was this information so easy to access?”

The North Carolina lawmaker, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, indicated that Congress would investigate the disclosure of the data disclosed on Friday.

“We’re going to come for answers,” Bishop claimed, and the breach is perhaps the latest in a long list of inquiries House Republicans have vowed to fire now that they have control of the House.

CNN has contacted the committee for comment.

In a previous statement to CNN, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it is “aware of a potential cyber security incident, and we are investigating in coordination with our federal partners.”

The data was located on the public internet in an unsecured computer server hosted by CommuteAir, a regional airline based in Ohio, according to the hacker claiming the discovery, CNN previously reported.

The hacker, who also describes herself as a cybersecurity researcher, told CNN that she notified CommuteAir of the data exposure.

The regional airline said in a statement that the data the hacker obtained was “an old 2019 version of the federal no-fly list” that included names and dates of birth.

The no-fly list is a group of known or suspected terrorists, who are banned from traveling to or within the United States. The screening program grew out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and involves airlines comparing their passenger records with federal data to keep dangerous people off planes.

CNN previously reported that CommuteAir, which exclusively operates 50-seat regional flights for United Airlines from Washington hubs Dulles, Houston and Denver, said it took the affected computer server offline after a “member of the security research community” contacted the airline.

The Daily Dot, a tech news outlet, reported first about the supposed data breach.

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