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.”
The federal law enforcement agency maintains an expansive photo database that includes photos of people traveling into and out of the country. CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has not named the subcontractor involved in the data breach.