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TravelThousands of Traveler Photos Were Obtained in a U.S. Customs Data Breach

09:05  12 june  2019
09:05  12 june  2019 Source:   afar.com

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The agency said in a statement on Monday that it found out about the breach on May 31, when it discovered that a subcontractor had violated CBP policies, having transferred copies of traveler and license plate images to the subcontractor’s company network without CBP’s authorization or knowledge. The subcontractor’s network was subsequently compromised by a cyberattack.

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Hackers have stolen the photographs of travellers entering and leaving the US , as well as photos of their license plates, US Customs and As of today, none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet. CBP has alerted Members of Congress and is working closely with other law

U . S . Customs and Border Protection officials said that the images, which included photos of people’ s license plates, had been compromised as part of an attack on a federal subcontractor.

As of Monday, according to CBP, none of the image data had been found on black market websites where data and technology are hawked. CBP said it had alerted law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity entities that it is working with to investigate the incident.

Initial reports indicate that up to 100,000 traveler images were obtained and that the photographs were taken of travelers in vehicles entering and exiting the United States through a few lanes at a single land border port of entry over a period of six weeks. CBP did not specify the port of entry from which the images in the breach were obtained.

No passport or other travel document photographs were compromised, and no images of airline passengers from air entry or exit ports were involved.

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US Customs and Border Protection announced Monday photos of travelers and license plates were recently compromised in a data breach . In a statement, CBP said it learned on May 31 that a subcontractor “had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP

U . S . Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates the agency has collected have been “compromised” after The agency did not reveal how many people’ s data was affected by the breach , or if they were U . S . citizens or travelers from other countries.

CBP reported that it has removed from service all equipment related to the breach.

The breach comes just as CBP and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been working together to expand the use of biometric technology, which includes both facial and fingerprint recognition, to help verify travelers’ identities.

This past October, TSA released its roadmap for ramping up the use of biometric technology, which includes continuing to expand the use of biometric screening for international travelers, incorporating biometrics into the TSA PreCheck experience, and ultimately expanding biometrics to domestic travelers.

TSA, together with CBP, began testing facial recognition technology for international air travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2017 and expanded testing to Los Angeles International Airport in 2018. The technology is intended to match facial images to photos in government databases, such as photos obtained from passports or visa applications, in order to verify travelers’ identity and reduce the reliance on physical documents.

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WASHINGTON – U . S . Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that photos of travelers had been compromised as part of a “malicious cyberattack The CBP says airport operations were not affected by the breach , but it declined to say how many people might have had their images stolen.

U . S . Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that photos of travelers had been compromised as part of a “malicious cyberattack,” raising The agency learned of the breach on May 31 and said that none of the image data had been identified “on the Dark Web or Internet.”

In an effort to build up its database of those photographs, as of last September TSA now requires that passengers who enroll in TSA PreCheck or renew their membership also provide their photograph. Once there are enough images in the database, TSA plans to start using applicants’ photographs to test facial biometric technology in TSA PreCheck lanes at select airports. In December, Delta Air Lines partnered with CBP and TSA to introduce the first biometric terminal in the United States at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

While most of the biometric advancements have been made at airports, CBP has been testing the technology at some land borders as well. Last September, the agency began testing facial comparison technologyat the San Luis Port of Entry land border in San Luis, Arizona, where a camera was installed to take photographs of pedestrians entering the United States to compare those images against travel document photos. That followed a biometric technology test at the Otay Mesa pedestrian crossing in San Diego, California, in 2015.

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