Photos of U.S travelers and license plate images were recently stolen from a database maintained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency confirmed on Monday.
In a statement to The Hill, a CBP spokesperson said it learned on May 21 that a “subcontractor … had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network.”
“The subcontractor’s network was subsequently compromised by a malicious cyber-attack,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added the subcontractor had transferred the photos to its own network “in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge.”
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