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Thousands of photos of drivers have become available for download on the dark web, following a 'major' breach of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Many of the photos clearly show the drivers' faces, as well as license plate and car make-and-model, according to Motherboard.
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It comes after, just a few days earlier, CBP officials said there was no evidence that the hacked images had been uploaded to the dark web.
'On May 31, 2019, CBP learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network,' CBP said in a statement.
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'...Initial information indicates that the subcontractor violated mandatory security and privacy protocols outlined in their contract.
'As of today, none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet,' the agency added.
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The images do not appear to be from CBP checkpoint lanes, but instead were collected from a demo conducted at the Pennsylvania Turnpike by Perceptics, a Tennessee-based government contractor that manufacturers license plate readers.
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