A “malicious cyberattack” on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection subcontractor compromised photographs of travelers going into and out of the country, along with license plates, the agency said Monday. Customers and Border Protection has known about the attack since May 31. According to agency, a subcontractor transferred the images to its network “in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge.” The images include fewer than 100,000 people in vehicles entering and exiting the United States “through a few specific lanes at a single land border Port of Entry over a 1.5 month period,” according to a CBP spokesperson. Officials claim that the stolen information hasn’t shown up on the internet or dark web. The Register found files from CBP contractor Perceptics, which makes license plate readers, on the dark web last month. CBP hasn’t confirmed which of its contractors was attacked, so it’s not clear if the two incidents are connected. The breach drew condemnation from privacy advocates, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF). “EFF is disappointed by reports of the theft from CBP of photos of travelers’ faces and license plates,” said the organization’s senior staff attorney Adam Schwartz. “The inherent risk of such theft… Read full this story
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