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Hacktivism for the Masses: the Northwest Boarding Pass Generator and WikiScanner Elizabeth Losh University of California, Irvine. And thus, I now present: Chris's Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator Using this, you can: 1. Meet your elderly grandparents at the gate

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Hacktivism for the Masses: the Northwest Boarding Pass Generator and WikiScanner Elizabeth LoshUniversity of California, Irvine


And thus, I now present:

Chris's Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator

Using this, you can:

1. Meet your elderly grandparents at the gate

2. 'Upgrade' yourself once on the airplane –

by printing another boarding pass for a ticket

you're already purchased, only this time, in

Business Class.

3. Demonstrate that the TSA Boarding

Pass/ID check is useless.

Have Fun!

Christopher Soghoian


Ed: The only way for these kind of problems to get

fixed, are through public full disclosure.

TSA/DHS cannot be expected to fix anything unless

they are publicly shamed into doing so.

This situation is made even worse when you consider

the fact that you can print your own boarding pass

online at home.

This is often a bunch of text/html, with one or two

images (a barcode, and perhaps an airline logo). It is

trivially easy – as in, 20 seconds with a text-editor, and

not even requiring you to open photoshop – to open it

up, and change the name.

Christopher Soghoian


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These pages serve two purposes. The first is to

distribute a boarding pass generator for NWA. The

second is to demonstrate the framework that the NWA

generator was written in, with the hope that you will

write your own document generators like this one.

The motivation for writing this boarding pass generator

and framework is twofold. First, it is clear that even

though the weaknesses in our airport security system

were known about for some time, no action was taken

until Christopher Soghoian produced his script. His

generator got people's attention, and was taken off the

internet.

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