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8.25.14 HS Today
Study Finds Glaring Vulnerabilities in TSA's Controversial Full-Body Scanners
After coming under intense public scrutiny last year for depicting nude images of passengers, the full-body scanners widely deployed at US checkpoints throughout the United States from 2009 to 2013 are now the center of a new controversy--they don't work. Researchers from the University of California-San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University recently published the findings of several laboratory tests conducted on Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanner.

8.25.14 MyFox Washington DC
Study: TSA scanners can miss bombs, guns
A new study by Johns Hopkins reveals that full body airport scanners can easily be obstructed, leading Transportation Security Administration agents to miss weapons or bombs. In the study, researchers found that passengers could easily carry contraband on board if they just covered it with a plastic shield and under clothing. Researchers also found that these scanners could easily be hacked, giving hackers the ability to manipulate the image reflected on the screen.

8.25.14 RedOrbit
Airport Body Scanner Bought On EBay Raises Security Alarm
Investigations have revealed that airport security may have been flawed for several years and the online shop eBay has played a surprising part in the discovery. Among the many strange items available on eBay, one in particular has kicked up a storm of controversy over the efficiency and effectiveness of those airport security procedures. When a US government surplus "Rapiscan Secure 1000 DP (Dual Pose) Backscatter Body Scanner (Never Installed)" was on offer...

8.25.14 Washington Times
EDITORIAL: The naked truth about airport screening
American airline travelers, it now turns out, have surrendered their dignity for nothing. When the Transportation Security Administration introduced X-rated x-ray scanners five years ago, many travelers suspected the devices were an expensive sham. This was confirmed Thursday by researchers at a security conference in San Diego.

8.22.14 Ars Technica
Got weapons? Nude body scanners easily defeated
Researchers are delivering a paper at a security conference Thursday highlighting how easy it is to get weapons through the nude body scanners that have been removed from US airports but have been placed at other government installations across the globe. The report, given at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego, highlights the insecurity of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose "backscatter" scanner that once was used throughout the nation's airports

8.22.14 CNN Money
Body scanner's problem: Fails to detect guns
That was the finding from a joint study conducted by three universities, who were able to slip guns through a Rapiscan body scanner without being detected. "Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, in a statement. "A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques."

8.22.14 PC Magazine
Report: Researchers Spoof TSA Airport Scanners
Security scanners used until recently by TSA personnel at U.S. airports reveal plenty of naughty bits, just not the naughty bits they were supposed to be detecting to keep the airways safe. At least that's the conclusion reached by researchers from several universities who spent months testing Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body X-ray scanners used until last year by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints.

8.22.14 Computer World
Retired US airport body scanners fail to spot guns, knives
A type of body scanner in wide use across U.S. airports through last year fails to spot well-concealed weapons including guns and knives, computer security researchers contend. The Rapiscan Secure 1000 full body scanner provides only "weak protection against adaptive adversaries," according to their paper, which will be presented on Thursday at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego. The researchers also set up a website with their findings. "It is possible to conceal knives, guns and explos

8.22.14 Market Watch
Airport scanners failed to detect guns, knives, explosives
Rapiscan Secure 1000, the full-body scanner deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013, was so unreliable that a team of researchers with no terrorist training were able to smuggle guns, knives and explosives past the machine without detection. The researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University were also able to manipulate the operating software so that the operator got an "all clear" image even when a banned item was detec

8.22.14 Business Week
TSA Scanners That Saw You Naked Can Be Tricked to Miss Guns, Bombs
On Thursday morning, at the Usenix security conference in San Diego, researchers from several top U.S. universities will present a study revealing that the controversial airport scanners that let TSA agents see through travelers' clothes can be fairly easily obstructed from detecting concealed weapons or bombs. In the study, the researchers report (PDF) that the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose full-body "backscatter" scanner--which the Transportation Safety Administration discarded last year.

8.22.14 Gizmodo
It's Shockingly Easy to Hide Guns and Bombs From Backscatter Scanners
The TSA's full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They're a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials, for one. They're also insanely easy to trick. We've suspected as much for some time now, but a team of university researchers just confirmed some scary security flaws.

8.22.14 Wired
Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA's X-Ray Body Scanners
Two years ago, a blogger named Jonathan Corbett published a YouTube video that seemed to show a facepalm-worthy vulnerability in the TSA's Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners: Because metal detected by the scanners appeared black in the images they created, he claimed that any passenger could hide a weapon on the side of his or her body to render it invisible against the scans' black background. The TSA dismissed Corbett's findings, and even called reporters to caution them

8.22.14 Science 20
Low-Tech: Security Flaws In Airport Backscatter X-Ray Scanners
There are several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In laboratory tests, researchers were able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner. The team was also able to modify the scanner operating software so it presents an "all-clear" image to the operator even when contraband was detected.

8.22.14 New York Daily
Naked full-body scanners failed to detect weapons: study
Not only did the body scanners at some U.S. airports expose a traveler's every line and curve, they weren't very good at finding weapons, researchers say. Guns, knives and faux explosives were among the contraband snuck past the backscatter X-ray by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University, who bought a surplus Rapiscan Secure 1000 off of eBay.

8.22.14 New York Post
TSA machines failed to detect guns and bombs
Maybe the TSA should have spent less time tossing water bottles. Researchers easily sneaked guns and bombs through the high-tech X-ray scanning machines, on which the TSA spent more than $1 billion to install at airports for several years, CBS reports. The machines failed to detect explosives, knives and handguns -- after researchers used a few simple tricks to hide them, according to the researchers behind the experiment.

8.22.14 CBS Local
Study: TSA Full-Body X-Ray Scanners Miss Guns, Explosives, Knives
Teflon tape, molded plastic explosives and handguns are all concealment tricks that a group of researchers were able to pull off on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 machines previously used at TSA checkpoints and currently used at courthouses, prisons and other government security stops. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University maneuvered weapons past the full-body X-ray scanners that were deployed at U.S. airports...

8.22.14 The Hill
Study: TSA full-body scanners failed to detect guns, explosives
The Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanners failed to detect a number of potential weapons, including knives, guns and explosives, according to a study released this week. The controversial scanners, which captured explicit images of passenger's bodies, provided "weak protection against adaptive adversaries," researchers from the University of California, San Diego; the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University concluded.

8.22.14 Slash Gear
Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked
The full-body X-ray scanners only retired last year amid long-standing concerns that they intruded on privacy by showing travelers naked were also riddled with security loopholes, new research claims. The TSA used the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner between 2009 and 2013 in airports across the US, but computer scientists have demonstrated that with a little preparation the machine could miss knives, guns, and even explosives from being smuggled onto planes.

8.18.14 Wired
New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he's also learning how to code. He's doing this with a tweak to the Minecraft game, called LearnToMod.

8.18.14 U~T
SD home to 48 of world's top scientists
San Diego is home to 48 of the world's most influential scientists and engineers, one of the largest collection of top scholars anywhere, says a new study by the news and information company Thomson Reuters. The company produced the figure by analyzing how often scientists worldwide were cited by other researchers, mostly between 2002-2012. The list of 3,073 highly cited researchers includes everyone from distinguished biologists at the University of Cambridge to neuroscientists at Harvard...

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