Hackers Stole Traveler Photos From US Border Patrol

first_imgA data breach of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has exposed the photos of people and vehicles traveling in and out of the country.Images transferred to a subcontractor’s network were reportedly stolen in what the CBP called a “malicious cyberattack.”“[We] learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network,” the agency said in a statement published by TechCrunch.“Initial information indicates that the subcontractor violated mandatory security and privacy protocols outlined in their contract,” it continued.The subcontractor has not yet been named.Discovered late last month, the security incident affected “fewer than 100,000 people” in a “few specific lanes at a single land border” over a period of a month and a half, according to TechCrunch.“No passport or other travel document photographs were compromised and no images of airline passengers from the air entry/exit process were involved,” a spokesperson told the news site.CBP’s networks were not affected by the breach—which comes just weeks after government contractor Perceptics, the “sole provider” of license plate readers at U.S. land borders, was allegedly hacked, and its data dumped on the Dark Web.It’s unclear whether the two incidents are linked. The Washington Post, however, noted that a Microsoft Word document containing the CBP’s statement included “Perceptics” in the title.The Customs bureau claims that “none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or Internet.”Neither the CBP nor Perceptics immediately responded to Geek’s requests for comment.More on Geek.com:U.S. Customs Installing Facial Recognition Cameras at Texas-Mexico BorderMassive Data Breach Leaks 772M Emails, 21M PasswordsHow to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacylast_img read more

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