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Customs and Border Protection Has a Huge Trove of Traveler Images. It Just Got Hacked

United States’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) gathers a trove of information on people coming in and out of the country. Recently, CPB has started testing facial recognition at airports . Plus, the Trump administration now requires social media information from Visa applicants. All of this information is extremely sensitive, so a leak is the last thing anyone wants. Unfortunately, CBP confirmed that a data breach exposed the photos of travelers and license plate images according to TechCrunch . It seems that a subcontractor is responsible for the information leaking. According to TechCrunch, CBP said in a statement: “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.” A spokesperson told the outlet that the breach has impacted “fewer than 100,000 people” through a “few specific lanes at a single...

Jun 11, 2019