The US Government's Database Of Traveler Photos Has Been Compromised, U.S. Customs And Border Protection Says
"CBP learned that a subcontractor ... transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network. The subcontractor’s network was subsequRead full story
It is unfortunate that privacy and efficiency seem to be at odds here. Cyber security is critical if we are going to implement effective technology solutions at scale.
The tech infrastructure for the US government is so fragile and it’s frightening!
I’m sure this is a preview of the future to come when governments will track all of our movement and all that information will be fairly easily hackable. I’d like to imagine a world in which this doesn’t happen, but it’s fairly difficult to do so.
Blaming the subcontractor? That’s passing the buck. It’s time for us to take cyber threats more seriously. That’s the new method aggressive engagement. I hope it doesn’t come down to a huge calamity for us to take action. Let’s be active with precautions now. Events like this should never be allowed to happen.
Governments, and its leaders, are so behind technologically. Having the government run anything, plan anything, advance anything that would need technology is a terrible idea. Most workers can’t even use email correctly.
Government needs an overhaul top to bottom.
This is of course regretful, however, it just highlights how vulnerable we are to being hacked. Anyone that is familiar with SOC2 or PEN tests that are regularly conducted has standards and testing for network security will know that despite everything that we do, networks are still vulnerable and so much more needs to be done for risk mitigation as well as security, breach, intrusion, detection and remediation.
This sounds like it was planned; from the unauthorized transfer by the contractor to the specificity of the files stolen.
Mega data bases are invitations to hack especially if they are government data bases. There probably is no threat to national or personal security that a data base of pictures has gone missing
The real questions are why is this database necessary given all the other databases that exist at border crossings and obviously security on government databases is seriously lacking.
During operation enduring freedom the US Military escorted contractors to deliver supplies from Base to Base. Each contractors salary 75 K and text free. As a second-year PFC 25k tax free per year. Commercial flights taken all the way up to the war zone(contracted). Vietnamese bus drivers servicing most FOBs(contracted) 80% of food prep(contracted) Iraqi police salaries paid for by our govt. Weapons and Munitions vehicles to support their cause (gifted). Necessary manual labor was given out to local
During operation enduring freedom the US Military escorted contractors to deliver supplies from Base to Base. Each contractors salary 75 K and text free. As a second-year PFC 25k tax free per year. Commercial flights taken all the way up to the war zone(contracted). Vietnamese bus drivers servicing most FOBs(contracted) 80% of food prep(contracted) Iraqi police salaries paid for by our govt. Weapons and Munitions vehicles to support their cause (gifted). Necessary manual labor was given out to local communities with anybody needing employment an opportunity to make money. (All statements witnessed first hand) that being said this does not surprise me whatsoever. Especially since it's a subcontractor to an original contract. This becomes dangerous due to less funds for security, way too much of a relaxed environment for confidential information to be handled. The more people involved in something the greater the chances of a breech. (Never mind the DOD hack job years back). With the original still available the question becomes was it altered during the hacking process. Throw that in a pot with the hacking of license plates and we almost have a recipe for hot and spicy jambalaya.
This is very concerning considering the government likes Contracting out work. On a similar note a past coworker confided in me when saying how easy it is 4 other countries to forge documents I.E. birth certificates and their respective hardcover ID. He confessed to changing his age from 18 to 17 when immigrating here to avoid certain fees and critirea. Conversations have led to the revealing of having wife children here and having wife children elsewhere. This creates conflict of interests but you're not a citizen so you can bring them over now. uncle aunt same name come on In. that being easily acquired and changed at free will, their identity (now altered from their original country)can get United States credentials. Facial recognition was implemented to help fight forgery of u.s. documentation. when Once gained travel becomes one's free will. This becomes particularly dangerous when a good chunk of world population Carrys the same name while wearing identical clothing. Same beard same color same length. Same message just an altered Deliverance.
Oohhh and why the Uproar? You use your facial recognition information every day to access YOUR phone. stored in the clouds of apple and android, there is no big deal. But use that same technology to secure the safety of all and now there's a problem. Few citizens want to open their home to total strangers without some reassurance of safety. As long as that information stayed for the purpose of what it was intended for and not absorbed by other government agencies it's all fine and dandy
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