Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark Read More …

Large amount of explosives seized at Turkey-Iran border

Turkish customs enforcement officers seized a large amount of explosives at the Turkish-Iranian border, officials said Thursday. According to a statement from the Trade Ministry, an Iranian citizen tried to cross the Esendere Customs Gate with a valid passport. He Read More …

Agents discover record amount of fentanyl in drug bust on US border

Officials in the US have seized 114kg (254lbs) of fentanyl, in what is being described as the biggest haul they have ever detected. The synthetic drug has been fuelling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses, and the stash was Read More …

​NZ customs can now demand phone or laptop passwords

The New Zealand Customs Service this week received new powers at the country’s borders, including the ability demand a password off a passenger to search their “electronic device”. Customs officers have always been able to search a passenger’s laptop or Read More …

Facial recognition technology catches impostor trying to enter US illegally at airport, officials say

A man trying to illegally enter the United States this week was tripped up by state-of-the-art facial recognition technology, marking the first instance of the system being used at an airport to help federal officials flag a fraud, U.S. Customs Read More …

Home Office to beef up Critical Systems Project Delivery capability within Digital Services at Border

The Home Office’s Digital, Data and Technology (HODDaT) Borders IT is looking for a delivery partner for specialist project delivery capabilities to work on critical Border Force systems within the Border Systems Technology Project (BSTP) team to deliver a mixture of upgrades, Read More …

Eight tonne cache of explosives seized by Afghan authorities on Pakistan border

A huge cache of explosive materials was discovered by Afghan security forces in a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, in one of the largest ever finds. Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical widely used in making explosives Read More …

Woman was able to walk through an e-Passport gate using her cousin’s passport

A woman passed through an electronic border gate using her cousin’s passport, it has been revealed. Inspectors witnessed the apparently unintentional ‘spoofing’ during observations at Stansted Airport in Essex. The watchdog report said: ‘A passenger managed to gain entry via Read More …

US to require would-be immigrants to turn over social media handles Tal Kopan

The Trump administration plans to require immigrants applying to come to the United States to submit five years of social media history, it announced Thursday, setting up a potential scouring of their Twitter and Facebook histories. The move follows the Read More …