China Police Database Was Left Open Online for Over a Year, Enabling Leak

What is likely one of the largest personal data breaches in history — and the largest known cybersecurity breach in China — happened because of a common vulnerability that exposed the data to the internet, say cybersecurity experts who discovered the vulnerability earlier this year.

Shanghai police records – which include the names, government ID numbers, phone numbers and incident reports of nearly 1 billion Chinese citizens – have been safely stored, according to the cybersecurity experts. But a dashboard for managing and accessing the data was set up on a public web address and left open without a password, allowing anyone with relatively basic technical skills to walk in and copy or steal the wealth of information, they said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-police-database-was-left-open-online-for-over-a-year-enabling-leak-11657119903 China Police Database Was Left Open Online for Over a Year, Enabling Leak

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