NEWS ALERT: More than a billion records reportedly stolen in massive China breach

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A hacker claimed to have stolen one billion Chinese residents’ records from Shanghai police in what would rank as possibly the biggest data breach in the country’s history.

A post on the hacker hot-spot Breach Forums listed the information “on one billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records” for sale to the sum of 10 Bitcoin, or roughly $200,000.

The article goes on to state the following:

The poster, using the name ChinaDan, on Sunday said the trove of information included “name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.”


Kendra Schaefer, a partner at consultancy firm Trivium China, shared the following information in a series of Twitter posts:

If you’re not following this, you should be: word on the social media street is that China’s police force (MPS – Shanghai) database was hacked, with the personal information and case records of 1 billion citizens, and the records are for sale on Telegram – 23TB of data. 1/7

It’s hard to parse truth from rumor mill, but can confirm file exists. If the source is indeed MPS, that would be, erm… bad, for a number of reasons. Most obviously, it would be among biggest and worst breaches in history. Alleged screenshots: 2/7

Two, China’s Personal Information Protection Law just came out late last year. It requires gov bodies to protect the info of citizens, which if the source is indeed MPS, MPS has failed to do. 3/7

Fascinating: To my knowledge, this would be the first (correct me if I’m missing facts?) major public breach of a government body under the PIPL, so it’s unclear who holds who accountable – esp. since MPS itself is typically responsible for cybercrime investigations, so…. 4/7

But wait, there’s more: The records also allegedly contain details on case files of minors. So that would be a violation of the Minor Protection Law. Would be surprised if they don’t also contain files on celebs and minor officials. 5/7

Aaaaaand based on the way gov data platforms usually work, it’s also likely that one of the big tech cloud providers — like AliCloud — is providing the infrastructure for the breached platform. 6/7

It’s unclear who’s at fault — some of the internet comments state one of the developers posted an access key on his blog, which was then exploited by the hackers. In any case, heads will roll over this one. 7/7

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  1. Did Hunter Biden do something good for the US for a change instead of lining his own sleazy pockets with an additional 10% for Joe.

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