December 7, 2022

TheCyberThrone

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Chinadan – Breach of 1 Billion Chinese Citizens Scrutinized

An anonymous hacker has claimed that he has stolen the PII of 1 billion Chinese citizens, one of the biggest data breaches in history.

Named as ChinaDan on hacking forums said they obtained the information from a leaked Shanghai National Police database that has the PII like name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.

ChinaDan used the hacker forum to offer more than 23TB of data from the alleged breach for the price of 10 bitcoin, equivalent to around $200,000. If true then it is one of the biggest data breach ever.

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This appears to cause significant alarm and discussion on the China social media platforms Weibo and WeChat.

Organizations and government entities carry a responsibility to consumers and civilians alike to guard their most valuable information at all cost. Personal information that does not change as easily as a credit card or bank account number drives a high price on the Dark Web.

Last year, China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) came into effect, setting out how personal data generated within its borders should be managed.

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