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FBI raids home of boarding-pass creator
Published: 2006-10-30

Federal law enforcement shuttered on Friday the Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator and raided the home of Christopher Soghoian, the Indiana University graduate student who created the site to underscore the security problems with such passes, Soghoian stated on his Web site.

The FBI first visited Soghoian's home on Friday and asked him to remove the site, but when he got online, he found the generator has already been taken down, the student said on his blog. The FBI returned early Saturday morning and raided Soghoian's home, taking computers and other equipment and leaving behind a search warrant. Soghoian had decided not to sleep at home that night.

"I came back today, to find the glass on the front door smashed," he said on his blog. "Inside, is a rather ransacked home, a search warrant taped to my kitchen table, a total absence of computers and various other important things."

Soghoian posted the boarding pass generator, which creates valid-looking boarding passes for Northwest Airlines, last Wednesday, garnering coverage by Wired News, Boing-Boing and ABC News, among others. U.S. Representative Edward Markey, D-Mass., called for Soghoian's arrest, but then backed off in a statement published on Monday.

Providing tools to generate fake boarding passes does appear to violate the law (see this Boing-Boing post).

Posted by: Robert Lemos
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