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Over 1.8Million Muslims On A US No-Fly List Leaked

Over 1.8Million Muslims On A US No-Fly List Leaked

Over 1.8Million Muslims On A US No-Fly List Leaked.

A redacted 2019 version of the anti-terrorism ‘no-fly’ list was found by a Swiss hacker on the Michigan-based airline CommuteAir server on January 12th, 2023.

The hacker stumbled upon a database with "NoFly.csv" and "selectee.csv" files that contains more than 1.8 million entries, including names and dates of birth of people identified by the FBI as "known or suspected terrorists" who are prevented from boarding aircrafts.

To makes things worse, the server also stored confidential CommuteAir employee information, such as passport numbers and was found by using Shodan.

The ‘no-fly’ list predominantly consists of Arabic and Muslim-names which caused human rights activists to have serious concerns.

Your name is Muhammad?

Over 10% of the entries (174,002 of 1,566,062) contained the name “Muhammad”.

Children 3-4 years-old and twenty-five individuals as old as a hundred years were also listed as potential “suspects.”

“It’s just crazy to me how big that Terrorism Screening Database is and yet there is still very clear trends towards almost exclusively Arabic and Russian sounding names throughout the million entries,” said hacker Maia Arson Crimew.

The list was established under George W. Bush administration and began as a small list of individuals prohibited from flying on commercial flights due to perceived threats.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the list was then formalized and expanded to include individuals identified by the FBI as potential threats to civil aviation or national security.

Innocent people on the list:

Many of these individuals have not been charged or convicted of a crime, but "could" be suspected of aiding or planning acts of terrorism. The list has grown massively since its inception, from just a few names to over 1.8 million.

The ‘no-fly’ list has been criticized, as there are numerous individuals mistakenly added to it, including prominent figures such as Senator Ted Kennedy and peace activists Rebecca Gordon and Jan Adams.

In 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully filed a lawsuit which led to the release of 30,000 names on the list and the creation of an ombudsman by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to handle complaints about the list.

“TSA is aware of a potential cybersecurity incident, and we are investigating in coordination with our federal partners,” the TSA said in a statement.

The hacker notified CommuteAir and published the details of her discovery in a blog post titled “How to completely own an airline in 3 easy steps”, describing the revelation as a “jackpot.”

The airline also confirmed that the server did contain the personal details of around 900 employees, including names, birthdates, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, but it did not have any customer information, according to the results of the continued investigation.

The server has been taken offline, but the no-fly list is available for download here.

It is now also being spread on a hacker forum.


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