Security lapse exposed New York airport's critical servers for a year

By The News Desk|28 February 2017

ZDNet has found that a security lapse at Stewart International Airport in New York left its server backups and disk images without password protection, exposed on the open internet, for almost a year.

The airport was backing up unprotected copies of its systems accounting for hundreds of gigabytes of files and folders to a drive installed by a contracted third-party IT specialist.

Many were "confidential" internal airport documents, containing schematics and details of core infrastructure, while some belonged to Homeland Security agencies. The breach could allow a hacker to manipulate boarding passes and other passenger information, including bypassing no-fly orders.

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