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Hacker claims they stole police data on a billion Chinese citizens

2022-07-04 18:34 by


A hacker (or group of hackers) claims to have stolen data on a billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai police database. According to Bloomberg, the hacker is attempting to sell 23 terabytes of data for 10 bitcoin, which is worth just over $198,000 at the time of writing.

The data is said to contain people's names, addresses, birth places, national ID numbers, phone numbers, and information on any criminal cases the individuals be involved in. The Wall Street Journal(opens in new tab) claims to have verified at least a small portion of the data.

It's not yet clear how the hacker infiltrated the police database, though there have been suggestions that they gained access via an Alibaba cloud computing company called Aliyun, which was said to host the database. Alibaba said it's investigating the matter.

If the data leak does turn out to be legitimate, it's a serious blow to the Chinese government's efforts to improve data privacy for its citizens, and heads will surely roll in Shanghai. However, it may be that many citizens never find out their details were stolen such is the control the government imposes over information shared publicly within China.

The Shanghai government and police department did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

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