A hacker claimed to have stolen the personal data of one billion Chinese citizens from the Shanghai National Police (SHGA) and is selling it for 10 bitcoins. “This database contains many TB of data and information on billions of Chinese citizens.”
23 Terabytes of Data on One Billion Chinese Citizens on the Sale of 10 Bitcoins
An unidentified hacker claimed to have stolen nearly 23 terabytes of data on one billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai Police database. Experts say that if true it would be one of the biggest data breaches in history.
The data is being offered for sale for 10 bitcoins. At the time of writing, this amount is approximately $197,806.
On a hacker forum, an anonymous user using the handle “Chinadan” offered the data for sale on Thursday. The user claimed that the information was leaked from the Shanghai National Police (SHGA) database. “This database contains many TB of data and information on billions of Chinese citizens,” the Post details.
The leaked data includes name, address, place of birth, national ID number, mobile number, as well as crime and case details.
The user shared a sample of 750,000 records to allow interested buyers to verify that the data for sale is not fake.
On Monday, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance[सीजेड]tweeted:
Our threat intelligence unearthed 1 billion resident records for sale across the dark web, including the name, address, national ID, mobile, police and medical records of an Asian country.
“Possibly due to a bug in the ElasticSearch deployment by a government agency… it is important for all platforms to increase their security measures in this area,” he added, adding that “Binance has put verification for potentially affected users first. It’s just extended.”
The Binance chief further explained on Monday: “Obviously, this exploit happened because a government developer wrote a tech blog on CSDN [China’s Software Developer Network] and accidentally joined credentials. 1 billion records of private citizens’ data.”
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