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    New York Times: Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Misusing Terror-Watch Database

    Another case where an insider is able to avoid security precautions and access data gathered for other purposes. From the New York Times:

    A New York City police sergeant pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally entering a federal database and giving information from a terrorist watch list to an acquaintance to use in a child-custody case in Canada.

    The sergeant, Haytham Khalil, 34, was charged in November with using a computer without authorization and obtaining information belonging to a federal agency.

    According to his guilty plea, Sergeant Khalil, who lives in Brooklyn, borrowed a fellow police officer’s account on Dec. 6, 2007, to obtain access, using a Police Department computer, to a state database called e-Justice. The database permits qualified state and local law enforcement authorities to get access to the terrorist watch list maintained by the F.B.I. and available through the bureau’s National Crime Information Center. […]

    The maximum sentence is one year in prison; a fine of $100,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater; and a year of supervised release.

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