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Border control systems at both of Istanbul's main airports were thrown into chaos last Friday following a suspected malware outbreak. The Istanbul provincial security directorate’s PolNet database system temporarily broke down on 26 July, affecting systems at both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen International airports. The snafu …


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  1. Wize

    Sounds helpful if you want to sneak someone past passport that may be flagged by the system, or is that giving ideas to the bad guys that they might already have.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not surprising

    After visiting Turkey and aiding some sections of local government, this is unsurprising. When they're mainly running out of date pirated windows XP then a malware attack is certainly expected.

    And when leaving the country and catching sight of a Win 7 machine and a big black "Not Genuine" screen on the desktop in the border control booths makes me believe that piracy is at all levels within their government structure.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing to see here....

    .... Just a couple of CIA agents, the 'wanted on Rendition charges' type, making their way quietly into Europe, without setting off any alarm bells....

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: Nothing to see here....

      If it was the CIA or the Israelis then they would have perfectly good documents.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Redhack made a name for themselves ..

    "Redhack made a name for themselves in March 2012 when they hacked the Ankara police web servers, known as the Ankara Directory of Security and POLNET, and published the index on the Internet." link

  5. AHRoberts

    Simple Security

    A simple VPN could have prevented that. So many simple solutions and practices online like that are so easy to implement. When are people going to get serious about Internet security?

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