A data breach of information belonging to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that leaked photos of people and vehicles traveling over the United States border once again shows the risk associated with third-party access to sensitive or classified information. The breach–the result of a cyber attack on a third-party contractor who collected the images for the CBP–also raises issues of privacy and how much control and access should the government have over personally identifiable information, security experts said. News of the data leak broke widely on Monday, but CBP said said it actually occurred earlier. In an e-mail to Security Ledger, the agency said that on May 31, a subcontractor–revealed in reports to be Perceptics–transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the its company network without government knowledge or permission. Perceptics was soon after hit with a “malicious cyber-attack” that resulted in […]
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As cyber attacks on municipalities mount, is it time to start treating them like the manmade disasters they are?
The Department of Homeland Security is warning U.S. firms that drones made in China may be spying on them and sending sensitive data to the Chinese government.
Organizations lost $2.7 billion to Internet-enabled theft, fraud and exploitation in 2018, with business e-mail compromise scams resulting in the highest of these financial losses, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
U.S. government agencies and businesses are largely unprepared for a major cyber attack from state-sponsored actors, and must prepare now, according to a report by key governmental-focused think tanks.