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US customs says traveller images exposed in cyber attack

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 4:53 PM
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer instructs an international traveller to look into a camera as he uses facial recognition technology at the Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida in 2018 - Contributed photo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection service says images of travellers — which it presumably collected at points of entry — have been exposed in a malicious cyber attack.

The federal agency said Monday that license plate images were also exposed in an attack that compromised a subcontractor’s computer network.

It did not specify how many images may have been copied and said none of the data has been identified on the internet or Dark Web.

CBP did not name the contractor.

It said it learned of the data breach on May 31 and that the subcontractor had transferred copies of the images to its company network in violation of government policies and without the agency’s authorisation.

CBP said it has alerted members of Congress.

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