…from the Washington Post
– First published … June 21, 2019 –
The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell reports far more information was taken in the hack of a Customs and Border Protection contractor than U.S. officials have acknowledged, including files that offer extensive detail on — and, in some cases, a literal road map to — equipment that has been installed at U.S. military bases and the United States’ most highly trafficked border gateways.
CBP officials have downplayed the significance of the material taken in the hack, saying only that fewer than 100,000 photos of travelers had been compromised and that none of those had been posted to the “dark Web,” the corner of the Internet where stolen documents are often traded and displayed.
That assessment, however, woefully understates the number of sensitive documents that are now freely available on the Web — so much material, totaling hundreds of gigabytes, that The Washington Post required several days of computer time to capture it all. The hoard of hacked document includes detailed schematics, confidential agreements, equipment lists, budget spreadsheets, internal photos, and hardware blueprints for security systems.