Hacker claims to have stolen records of 1 billion Chinese citizens

A hacker named ChinaDan claims to possess data of 1 billion Chinese citizens, aiming to sell it. Concerns rise as the authorities remain silent, leaving citizens worried about the potential breach.

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One hacker has claimed to have stolen the personal information of 1 billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai police database, including their names, addresses, birthplace, national ID numbers, mobile numbers, and all crime/case details.

The hacker has offered to sell the more than 23-terabyte data trove for 10 bitcoin on the hacker forum Breach Forums, where they identify themselves as ChinaDan.

China’s authorities have not yet responded. Many Chinese citizens are afraid that it might be real. By Sunday afternoon, Weibo had blocked the hashtag ‘Shanghai data leak’.