Data breaches

The dark side of the internet's phonebook

A stack of phonebooks
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According to a new report by the nonprofit Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), up to one-third of hacking between 2012 and 2017 could have been detected if businesses had used a more secure version of DNS — a service that operates behind the scenes to allow web browsers to work.

Catch up quick: DNS — A domain name service (DNS) that operates like an internet phonebook, converts domain names entered by users into internet addresses read by machines.

Subcontractor data breach exposes travelers' U.S. Customs photos

US Customs and Border Protection officer
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection subcontractor suffered a breach after it had improperly transferred images of license plates and traveler photos to its own network, CBP confirmed Monday.

The latest: In an update around 5 hours after news of the breach broke, Customs and Border Protection narrowed the scope of which documents they believe were accessed by the hackers.