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Hacker stole data on 1 billion Chinese citizens from Shanghai police

If accurate, it would be one of the biggest data breaches in history, according to cyber experts

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Hacker stole data on 1 billion Chinese citizens from Shanghai police

A hacker claims to have stolen a trove of personal information on 1 billion Chinese individuals from the Shanghai police, which, if accurate, would be one of the largest data breaches in history, according to cyber experts.

Last week, an anonymous internet user identified as “ChinaDan” posted on the hacker forum Breach Forums offering to sell more than 23 terabytes (TB) of data for 10 bitcoin, which nears around $200,000, according to Bloomberg.

“The Shanghai National Police (SHGA) database was compromised in 2022. Many TB of data and information about billions of Chinese citizens are contained in this database, according to the Breach Forums post.

The data allegedly contains information from the Shanghai National Police database, such as names, residences, national identification numbers, and mobile phone numbers, as well as case details.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hacker offered a sample of the data hacked from the Shanghai police database, which contained criminal reports dating back to 1995. Reporters validated the veracity of at least some of the data by calling individuals whose phone numbers were listed.

Although it is still unclear how the hacker acquired access to the police database, there have been hints that they may have done so using the Aliyun cloud computing service, which is owned by Alibaba and was reportedly hosting the information. Alibaba stated that it is looking into the situation.

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