Visa Database Found to be Assailable to Hacking

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:05 PM

The dept learned after an internal review several months ago that its Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) was at risk of being compromised, though number breach had been detected, the report said.

Visa Database Found to be Assailable to Hacking

Cyber security experts have found vulnerabilities in a State Dept system that could've allowed hackers to alter visa applications or thieve data from the more than half-billion records on file, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The dept learned after an internal review several months ago that its Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) was at risk of being compromised, though number breach had been detected, the report said.

The CCD holds current and archived visa records and data, including names, photos, addresses, biometric data and identification numbers from the Bureau of Consular Affairs and is key to processing passport applications for visa applicants and travelers.

There was number proof that a cyber security incident had occurred pertaining to the CCD, a State Dept spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The vulnerabilities stemmed from aging "legacy" computer systems that comprise the CCD, said the report.

An official associated with the department'south efforts to address the security concerns said a mitigation map had already fixed the visa-related vulnerabilities, and further steps were being taken, according to Reuters.

However, the report said other government sources were doubtful that the CCD'south security vulnerabilities had all been resolved, and there was number defined timeline for fixing them.

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