On the internet auction site eBay has sold a network switch, previously used in the network from Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The device stores information about the network settings and passwords for some services, according to Channel 4. Buyer Mike Kemp, who got behind the switch of £ 20 and found it marked the National Air Traffic Control Services UK (NATS).
In examining the contents of the switch revealed that the memory stores the configuration of network services, including passwords for authentication in some services. According to Kemp, who is an expert in information security, the data would allow attackers to install a network switch and its airport, thus receive and control the flow of data flowing through it. In theory, hackers or terrorists could interfere with the airport, stopping the transmission of data over an internal network. It is noteworthy that all of these switches were sold 13 pieces.
The representatives of NATS said that he was in the hands of Kemp’s equipment was not used in the system, responsible for air control.According to them, an audit found that the system configuration has changed since the replacement of the 13 switches, and the threat of airport security there.
They note that there is an agreement with NATS specialized company providing the destruction of seized equipment utilization. In connection with the case will be made ??an investigation designed to establish how the equipment on which the opinion was issued on destruction, has got on the internet auction. In 2010, Britain has been sold through eBay laptop with military secrets. Then on the hard disk to store information on the number and location of British forces in Afghanistan.