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'Spy' PC at Swedish airport managed check in

'Spy' PC at Swedish airport managed check in

Published: 16 Feb 2011 17:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Feb 2011 09:32 GMT+01:00

A computer found hidden at Jönköping Airport in central Sweden in a case of suspected industrial espionage has been found to have been part of routine cooperation between the IT department and an airline.

The computer was discovered three weeks ago by a member of staff connected to the airport's intranet. Both the airport management and the police suspected a case of industrial espionage and launched an investigation.

"Someone obviously thinks that this airport is very exciting," said Peter Jutterström of the airport's board to the local Jönköpings-Posten newspaper on Wednesday.

The computer, which was connected to Jönköping Airport's internal network, was discovered by a member of staff a couple of weeks ago and it was feared that sensitive information had been transferred to a third party.

But it has now been established that the suspected "spy" PC was in fact a routine cooperation between the airport's IT department and local airline Flyglinjen.

The computer was deployed to manage the airline's check in screens.

The Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen, Säpo) were reported on Wednesday to monitoring the situation, but the investigation was conducted by Jönköping police.

"We remain informed, but there is nothing here that falls within our jurisdiction," Sirpa Franzén, press officer at Säpo, told the TT news agency on Wednesday.

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19:15 February 16, 2011 by Xris Hannah
@ ooh456 (referring to http://www.thelocal.se/32072/20110216/)

"We all know the Soviets lived in fear of the secret lingonberry bomb project which played a large part of the collapse of the Soviet Union."

There are almost certainly similar monitoring devices at most of Sweden's major airports; ensuring that the recently upgraded meatball trigger for the above device does not fall into foreign hands.
23:37 February 16, 2011 by Da Goat
Is this their mandated by law system or is it a second system they have found?

all airport must record audio of radio traffic and probably their video surveillance too! very strange to find an airport without this!

maybe because it was found "hidden" in plain sight of everyone is the problem,

you are supposed to keep the surveillance computers out the back out of sight!

and keep for 60 days.
05:52 February 17, 2011 by UScitizen
"Someone obviously thinks that this airport is very exciting,"

Hey, I think ALL airports are exciting! Especially the ones where you can refuse the full body scan and get a pat down!

But on the serious side, I know nothing about what goes on behind the scenes so tell me, what "possibly highly sensitive data" could have been being stolen and passed "onto" another user. Shouldn't that be "on to"? Guess they have as many problems with English as I have with Swedish.
10:21 February 17, 2011 by karex
Sensitive data might be the detailed mapping of daily routines of the airport. Could be handy information for terrorists?
11:55 February 17, 2011 by Keith #5083
#Xris Hannah

hahahahahahah....heheheheh...hahahahaha

nice one!
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