Hacker claims they stole police data on a billion Chinese citizens

A (or a group of hackers) claims to have stolen data on a billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai police database. Corresponding the hacker is trying to sell 23 terabytes of data for 10 bitcoin, which is worth just over $198,000 at the time of writing.

The data includes names, addresses, places of birth, ID cards and telephone numbers. reports that the hacker provided a sample of the data containing crime reports from 1995. Reporters confirmed the legitimacy of at least some of the data by calling people whose numbers were listed.

It’s not yet clear how the hacker infiltrated the police database, although there are indications they gained access through a cloud computing company called Aliyun, which is said to be hosting the database. Alibaba said it is investigating the matter.

The true extent of the leak is unknown. However, cybersecurity experts have dubbed it the largest cybersecurity breach in China’s history.

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