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Security holes found in State visa database: report

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Apr
2016
Security holes found in State visa database: report

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A crucial State Department database used to vet travelers to and from the U.S. had gaps in its security that could have allowed hackers to either steal or edit visa information, according to a Thursday report.

The recently discovered vulnerability — which has been repaired, according to one agency official — was considered a risk because it could have helped foreign nations plant spies in the U.S. and because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has expressed interest in exploiting the visa system, sources told ABC News. Supporters of the State Department have sought to downplay the risk, emphasizing that no breach had been detected.

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