Ex-TSA worker accused of trying to damage computer
March 10, 2010
DENVER (AP) – A former Transportation Security Administration employee in Colorado has been charged with trying to sabotage a computer that contained a database for screening potential terrorists.
An indictment released Wednesday claims 46-year-old Douglas James Duchak of Colorado Springs tried to damage the computer after he was told his job was being eliminated.
Prosecutors say Duchak’s job was to update TSA computers with information from the government’s Terrorist Screening Database and U.S. Marshal’s Service Warrant Information Network.
It’s not clear why Duchak was losing his job or whether the computer was damaged.
He faces two counts of attempting intentionally to damage a protected computer. Each carries a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
A call to Duchak’s home phone wasn’t immediately returned.