Has A Chinese Police Force Been Pwned By Hackers Leaking The Data Of A Billion People?

Reports are surfacing that a hacker is claiming to have acquired a huge dump of data containing the personal information via a hack of the Shanghai police. The dump of data would relate to one billion Chinese citizens:

The anonymous internet user, identified as “ChinaDan,” posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the more than 23 terabytes (TB) of data for 10 bitcoin BTC=, equivalent to about $200,000.

“In 2022, the Shanghai National Police (SHGA) database was leaked. This database contains many TB of data and information on Billions of Chinese citizen,” the post said.

“Databases contain information on 1 Billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records, including: name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.”

Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the post.

This would be really embarrassing to the Chinese government if this proves to be true. And it would be the biggest data leak in history if this were true. And clearly the Chinese government is sensitive to that:

The hashtag “data leak” was blocked on Weibo by Sunday afternoon.

While this could mean that there’s something to this. It could also mean that the Chinese government is simply reacting to this as a matter of course. We’ll have to wait and see if this data leak is real. And if it is, expect fireworks as this would be a massive story.

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