Images of some travelers stolen in data breach, Customs and Border Protection says – Fox News

Photos of some U.S. travelers were recently compromised in a data breach, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday.

The federal agency said license plate images also were exposed in the attack.

A CBP spokesperson told Fox News that initial reports indicated the traveler images involved less than 100,000 people in vehicles leaving and entering the U.S. through one land border port of entry over a period of a month and a half. The spokesperson would not elaborate as to exactly where that port of entry was located but added that no other identifying information was available.

In a statement sent to Fox News on Monday, a CBP spokesperson said, “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.”

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The spokesperson continued, “The subcontractor’s network was subsequently compromised by a malicious cyber-attack,” adding that CBP networks and databases were not compromised. The spokesperson did not identify the subcontractor.

No passport or travel document pictures were compromised in the data breach and no images of airline passengers were involved, the spokesperson added.

The agency “alerted members of Congress,” according to the statement, which added that CBP was working closely with other law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity entities, as well as its own Office of Professional Responsibility, to investigate the incident.

“CBP will unwaveringly work with all partners to determine the extent of the breach and the appropriate response,” the spokesperson said.

“Initial information indicates that the subcontractor violated mandatory security and privacy protocols outlined in their contract,” according to the statement, which added that none of the data has been identified on the internet or Dark Web to date.

“CBP has removed from service all equipment related to the breach,” the spokesperson said, adding that the agency was monitoring all CBP work performed by the subcontractor.

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“CBP requires that all contractors and service providers maintain appropriate data integrity and cybersecurity controls and follow all incident response notification and remediation procedures,” the statement said. “CBP takes its privacy and cybersecurity responsibilities very seriously and demands all contractors to do the same.”

The spokesperson told Fox News that CBP will take additional appropriate actions once the investigation is complete and will continue to look out for any unauthorized leaks of information.

The data breach came as the agency has moved to expand its biometric data collection through facial recognition exit technology at airports.

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“This incident further underscores the need to put the brakes on these efforts and for Congress to investigate the agency’s data practices,” Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Fox News.

“The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain such data in the first place.”

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When Travelers Bring Skin Infections Back as Souvenirs – The New York Times

When Travelers Bring Skin Infections Back as Souvenirs – The New York Times

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As more people travel abroad, travelers and doctors need to be alert to unusual and often perplexing skin infections.

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Jane E. Brody

A 5-year-old girl was brought to the emergency room at Evelina London Children’s Hospital with itchy, rather unsightly sores on both legs. She had recently returned from a weekslong trip to Sierra Leone, and the lesions, which first appeared three weeks into her stay there, had become larger and ulcerated.

Diagnosis: cutaneous diphtheria, a disease rarely seen in many industrialized countries, including Britain and the United States, where most children are protected by the diphtheria toxoid vaccine, DTaP, and a booster shot of the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine, Tdap.

Still, as more and more Americans of all ages travel abroad, often to less developed areas, travelers and doctors in this country need to be alert to unusual and often perplexing skin infections. Even though cutaneous diphtheria is not a notifiable disease here, between September 2015 and March 2018, four cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The patients, two from Minnesota and one each from Washington and New Mexico, had recently returned from Somalia, Ethiopia and the Philippines, respectively.

The C.D.C. noted in its weekly report in March that reported cases of this highly contagious infection had recently increased 10-fold, from an average of only three a year during the period 1998 to 2011, to 33 a year during 2012 to 2017. Still, the agency said, these numbers underestimate the true incidence of such infections. Although the four new cases were confined to the skin, the lesions can be a source of a life-threatening respiratory infection in people not adequately immunized against diphtheria.

Thus, everyone who might have had close contact with the patients needed to be checked, perhaps treated with antibiotics, and if they lacked immunity to diphtheria, immunized with diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine.

Before traveling to developing countries, people often check with the C.D.C. or a travel health clinic to determine what immunizations they may need to update and which health precautions — like drinking only bottled water — are recommended.

But having visited some pretty wild areas in the last five decades, I know that many people neglect to consult travel health experts in advance of their trips and are lax about updating needed vaccines. Upon returning home with a health complaint, they often consult physicians who may have never seen the condition before or even heard of it since medical school, if then.

While emerging diseases like SARS and Ebola rightly garner widespread attention, Dr. Jay S. Keystone of the Toronto Medisys Travel Health Clinic has noted that “skin problems are among the most frequent medical problems in returned travelers.” In a large series of traveler-related skin problems analyzed by the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, Dr. Keystone reported that among ill travelers who sought medical care, cutaneous larva migrans, insect bites and bacterial infections were the most common disorders, making up 30 percent of 4,742 cases. He added that the reported cases did not include those that were easily treated during travel or that cleared up on their own — probably many more.

Chances are, when you go to less-developed lands, you’re most concerned about avoiding traveler’s diarrhea (try chewing two tablets of bismuth subsalicylate — Pepto-Bismol or generic versions — with each meal). But to help assure a medically uneventful trip, you’d be wise to remain alert to avoiding various bacterial, parasitic, viral and fungal infections that enter through the skin and are rarely encountered in the United States.

Cutaneous larva migrans, an extraordinarily itchy infection by the larval stage of a hookworm, is most commonly acquired from dog or cat feces deposited on beaches of the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, Dr. Keystone said. Best protection: Don’t walk barefoot on the beach; wear water shoes, not sandals. The infection, should it occur, is now easily treated with oral antiparasitic drugs like albendazole or ivermectin.

Some infections are transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, like malaria, dengue fever and filariasis, the risk of which often can be greatly reduced by diligent use of the insect repellents that can protect against various disease transmitters.

In an interview, Dr. Keystone, who wrote the chapter on skin and soft-tissue infections in returned travelers in the C.D.C.’s travel health guide, called the Yellow Book, urged the use of either Icaridin (picaridin) or 50 percent Deet, both of which can provide up to 10 hours of protection. He said Icaridin is better tolerated; it smells better and is not greasy.

Most important, he said, is to use the repellent regularly, especially during the hours mosquitoes are most active, and apply it after putting on sunscreen, not before. These repellents can also protect against tick bites, which in this country and elsewhere can carry Lyme disease, among other miseries.

Also helpful is applying permethrin to one’s clothing and gear, including pants, socks, boots and tent. Or purchase pre-treated clothing. The protection will last through multiple washings.

I once returned from a safari in Kenya with intensely itchy chigger bites on my legs, acquired while standing in tall weeds at the edge of a lake to photograph flamingoes. These tiny larvae, which hang out on leaves and branches, may also carry infectious bacteria that make people very sick, Dr. Keystone said.

Beach lovers who vacation in the Caribbean and other sandy areas (including along American shores) can be bitten by sand fleas, so tiny they’re rarely seen. Though these fleas usually cause no more than an extremely itchy bite, sometimes they carry a parasite that causes leishmaniasis that can infect internal organs as well as the skin. Deet is an effective repellent against sand fleas, but it’s also a good idea to avoid beaches soon after a rain.

Other helpful tips to avoid travel-related infections: Don’t touch, pet, handle or feed animals, including wild ones, strays and other people’s pets. If at all possible, sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms and use a bed net if you sleep in an area exposed to the outdoors.

Even the most prevention-conscious travelers are not guaranteed full protection against the myriad creatures that are waiting to dine on them. If your destinations include malaria areas, insect repellent is not enough. Taking an antimalarial drug is critical and should be started before your trip. For last-minute travelers, Malarone can be a good choice.

Finally, well in advance of traveling, make sure your vaccine protection is up-to-date. And in case some critter bites or burrows into you, pack some reasonable first-aid items, like antiseptic wipes, an antimicrobial ointment, an anti-itch cream with at least 1 percent hydrocortisone and perhaps an antifungal product, especially if you will be in remote areas.

Jane Brody is the Personal Health columnist, a position she has held since 1976. She has written more than a dozen books including the best sellers “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.”

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Some LAX travelers may have been exposed to measles, health officials warn – KABC-TV

Some LAX travelers may have been exposed to measles, health officials warn – KABC-TV

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — County health officials are warning about a possible measles exposure at LAX.


Officials say one person with measles passed through Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21.


The infected person arrived on China Eastern Flight 583 at the Tom Bradley International Airport Terminal B, Gate 133 at 9 a.m. and had a layover at Delta Airlines, Terminal 3, Gate 32, while awaiting departure on Delta flight DL 5705 that day.


Anyone who was at Terminal B or Delta Terminal 3 that day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. may be at risk of developing measles.


Individual passengers on the Delta flight will also be given direct notification about possible exposure.


If you think you were exposed, contact your doctor immediately.


County health officials say they were notified about the case on Thursday, March 7. They say there is no current risk at the airport and there was no risk to anyone who ate food at the airport that day because measles is spread from person to person through the air.


Symptoms of measles include cough, fever, runny nose, red eyes and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure.


If you have not developed any symptoms by Thursday, March 14, you are no longer considered at risk from this incident.


More information about measles from the county

is available here.

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Travelers at Chicago’s Midway Airport May Have Been Exposed to Measles – The Daily Beast

Travelers at Chicago’s Midway Airport May Have Been Exposed to Measles – The Daily Beast

Travelers who passed through Midway Airport in Chicago last week may have been exposed to measles, the Chicago Tribune Reports. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an unvaccinated and infectious Illinois resident passed through Concourse B on Feb. 22., and those in the vicinity between 9 p.m. and midnight may have been exposed. The infected person sought treatment two days later at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital’s emergency department in the western suburb Geneva. Those who were in the emergency department on Feb. 24 between 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. may have also been exposed, as well as individuals who were in the hospital from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 25, the IDPH said in a statement. IDPH and local health departments are also working to notify Illinois residents who may have been exposed on the person’s flights. Most people are vaccinated for measles during childhood, but those who have not been vaccinated are at higher risk of catching the highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease, the Tribune reports.

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