computer hackers says they stole information on about 1 billion Chinese from the Shanghai police database. If true, this is one of the biggest hacking incidents in history.
News agencies reported that an internet user named “ChinaDan” posted a message on Breach Forums last week. The hacker offered about 24 terabytes of data for 10 bitcoins, equivalent to about $ 200,000.
The message says the Shanghai National Police database was leaked in 2022. It even includes information on children born in 2020.
The hacker said the information contained the names, information about legal cases, addresses, places of birth and national identification numbers of billions of people.
The Associated Press said it saw some information but could not confirm that it was true. Shanghai police did not comment.
Some social media sites in China had discussions about data leaks when the story was reported. However, censors which is now blocked key words related to data leak.
Experts say that if this is true, the leakage is the greatest.
Someone called the data leak “fear”On a Chinese social media site.
A computer data expert said leaks like this are common.
Michael Gazeley works at Network Box, a Hong Kong -based security company. He said most of the “dark web” data leaks from the U.S. Gazeley noted that there were 12 billion stolen accounts posted on the dark web. Information on the dark web is said to be searchable by search engines like Google.
Chester Wisniewski of internet security company Sophos said the leak could be “shame to the Chinese government. ” He said the political problems that come from the data leak are worse than any harm to the people whose data is stolen.
Kendra Schaefer is a technology researcher at Beijing -based company Trivium China. He said that if the data is from the Ministry of Public Security, it is not good “for a number of reasons.” He added that it “could be one of the largest and worst violations in history.” The ministry oversees China’s police forces and is responsible for public security.
For those concerned about their data, Wisniewski said hackers are likely to have only basic information. He compares this to what advertising companies use to target ads.
“It’s static information, it’s not about where they’re traveling, who they’re talking to or what they’re doing,” he said. Static means that something shows little or no change.
However, he warns people who are concerned about “getting precautions to protect themselves, “because once the information is” released “it’s” forever there. “
Binance is an exchange for cryptocurrency, which is internet -based money that is not linked to a single country. It was said Monday that it took data theft seriously. Zhao Changpeng is the head of the company. He said the information could allow taking into account. He said Binance has taken steps to strengthen account security.
The news comes as China recently promised it would push for greater security of online user data. China passed new laws last year on how to deal with people’s personal information.
I was Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell adapted this story for Learning English based on reports in the Associated Press and Reuters.
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Words In This Story
hacker– n. someone who secretly gains access to a computer system to obtain information or cause harm
terabyte –N. a measure of computer memory equal to about 1 trillion bytes
censor – n. a person who scrutinizes the media and removes material that is considered hurtful, immoral, or harmful to society
keyword –N. word used to find information in a text
fear – adj. cause panic or shock; very sad
ashamed – v. to make someone look crazy in public
precautions – n. thing done to avoid possible damage