(ORDO NEWS) — Unidentified hackers claimed to have obtained the data of a billion people in China after attacking police servers. Later, an announcement appeared on one of the forums about the sale of the archive for bitcoins.
Experts call this interference the largest data breach in the history of the country in the field of cybersecurity. In total, more than 23 terabytes of data from Chinese residents were allegedly stolen.
What was stolen and how much is it worth
Interestingly, the attack and leak came after China promised to improve the protection of Internet users’ information by ordering its tech giants to better store it after public complaints of mismanagement and abuse.
According to information posted on the cybercrime forum, the database contains the following data:
- Full names.
- Dates and places of birth.
- ID cards.
- Information about crimes.
- Phone numbers.
The scale of the leak, according to the media, shocked Chinese cybersecurity experts. Some even began to doubt that such a thing could really happen.
An offer to buy the data archive appeared on the Breach Forums on June 30, it was posted by a user under the nickname ChinaDan.
There is no confirmation of the authenticity of the archive, but if it is real, then this would be the largest known data breach in Chinese history.
For the entire data set, they wanted 10 bitcoins, which is equivalent to about 200,000 US dollars . The thread was closed on July 3 – by that time only six bitcoins were offered for the archive. Whether the sale took place is unclear.
According to the source, the Chinese authorities, in particular the police department, declined to comment. It also failed to contact the ChinaDan hacker.
Meanwhile, the hashtag about the data breach was blocked on the Weibo social network, where it raised active discussions among Chinese citizens.
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