Customs And Border Protection Announce Breach Of Travelers Data And Photos
The information was accessed through a subcontractor in what was called a "malicious cyber attack."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed to The Washington Post a data breach has exposed photos of travelers and vehicle information of those entering or exiting the country. The information was accessed through a subcontractor in what was called a "malicious cyber attack."
"On May 31, 2019, CBP 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."— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) June 10, 2019'
Full statement from CBP: pic.twitter.com/a1orX73pfK
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"CBP has alerted Members of Congress and is working closely with other law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity entities, and its own Office of Professional Responsibility, to actively investigate the incident," the agency said in a statement to The Hill.
Another blemish on the record of the software came last September when a report — released by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General — announced the program had numerous challenges that needed to be handled before a wide rollout.