Photos of travelers in vehicles coming in and out of the U.S. have been stolen in what the U.S. government is calling a “malicious cyber attack.”
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection explained that traveler facial images and license plate images were transferred without authorization to a CBP subcontractor’s network.
The agency said fewer than one-hundred-thousand people were impacted by the attack.
CBP also said its own systems were not affected.
The cyber attack comes during moves to expand entry-exit systems to use facial-recognition technology at the border.
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson said he plans to hold hearings next month on privacy responsibilities of the CBP’s biometric program.