How data on a billion people may have leaked from a Chinese police dashboard

Details have emerged on how more than a billion personal records were stolen in China and put up for sale on the dark web, and it all boils down to a unprotected online dashboard that left the data open to anyone who could find it.

More than 23TB of details apparently stolen from the Shanghai police was put up for sale on the underground Breach Forums by someone with the handle ChinaDan for 10 Bitcoin ($215,000 at time of writing). The data collection included names, addresses, birthplaces, national ID numbers, cellphone numbers, and details of any related police records.

Wall Street Journal reporters were able to confirm at least some of the sample records, made available for free, were valid by calling the victims and confirming their personal details. However, it is still unknown if the entire database is legit.

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Source: The Register