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Hackers stole photos of travelers' faces and license plates collected by the US Customs and Border Protection agency

Hackers stole photos of travelers' faces and license plates collected by the US Customs and Border Protection agency
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A database of images collected by US Customs and Border Protection has been compromised.




The database included photos of travelers and license plates.




Hackers got access to the collection by compromising the network of one of the agency's subcontractors, CBP said.




The agency declined to say how many photos were affected or when the incident happened.




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Hackers broke into a database of images of travelers and license plates collected by US Customs and Border Protection, the agency said on Monday.
The hackers gained access to the images through a subcontractor's network, CBP said. The subcontractor, which the agency declined to name, had transferred the photographs to its network in violation of CBP policies, the agency said.
"CBP has alerted members of Congress and is working closely with other law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity entities and its own office of professional responsibility to actively investigate the incident," the agency said in a statement.
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