computer hackers It is said that they stole the information of about 1 billion Chinese people from the Shanghai Police database. If this is true, it would be one of the biggest hacking incidents in history.
News agencies report that an Internet user known as “Chinadan” put up a message on the breach forum last week. The hacker has about 24 terabyte Data for 10 bitcoins, equivalent to approximately $200,000.
The message said that the Shanghai National Police database was leaked in 2022. It also included information on children born as recently as 2020.
The hacker said the information contained names, legal matters, addresses, birthplaces and national identification numbers of billions of people.
The Associated Press said it saw some of the information but could not confirm it was genuine. Shanghai Police did not comment.
Some Chinese social media sites had discussed the data leak when this news surfaced. but, censor board is now blocked key term related to data leak
Experts say that if this is true then it will be the biggest leak ever.
One person told data leakHorribleOn a Chinese social media site.
A computer data expert said such leaks are common.
Michael Gazelle works for Network Box, a security company in Hong Kong. Most of the data leaks on the “dark web” come from US gazelles, he said, adding that 12 billion stolen accounts have been posted on the dark web. It is said that information on the dark web cannot be searched by search engines like Google.
Chester Wisniewski of Internet security company Sophos said the leak could be “embarrassing for the Chinese government. He added that the political problems caused by data leaks would be worse than any damage caused to those whose data was stolen.
Kendra Schaefer is a technology researcher at Trivium China, a Beijing-based company. She said that if the data came from the Ministry of Public Security, it would be bad “for a number of reasons”. She said it would be “one of the biggest and worst breaches in history.” The ministry oversees China’s police forces and is responsible for public safety.
For those concerned about his data, Wisniewski said the hackers are likely to have only basic information. He compared it to what advertising companies use to target ads.
“It’s static information, it’s not about where they traveled, who they communicated with or what they were doing,” he said. Static means that something shows little or no change.
But, he warned those concerned to “take” precaution To protect myself,” because once the information is “unleashed” it’s “out forever.”
Binance is an exchange for cryptocurrency, internet based money not tied to any country. It said on Monday that it was taking data theft seriously. Changpeng Zhao is the head of the company. He said the information could allow account takeover. He added that Binance is taking steps to strengthen account security.
The news comes as China recently promised it would push for greater protection of online user data. China passed new laws last year on how people’s personal information should be dealt with.
I am Dan Friedel.
Dan Friedel adapted this story for Learning English based on reports from the Associated Press and Reuters.
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words in this story
hacker– N. a person who secretly gains access to a computer system in order to obtain information or cause harm
terabyte -N. A measure of computer memory equal to approximately 1 trillion bytes
sensor – N. a person who investigates the media and removes things that are considered abusive, immoral, or harmful to society
keywords -N. a word used to find information in a piece of writing
Horrible – adj. cause panic or shock; very disturbing
to embarrass – V. to fool someone in public
precaution – N. something that is done to prevent possible harm