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Submission + - Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from UC San Diego, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins say they've found security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In labo tests, they were able to conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner, plus modify the scanner software so it presents an “all-clear” image to the operator even when contraband was detected. “Frankly, we were shocked by what we found,” said lead researcher J. Alex Halderman. “A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques.”
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