A hacker (or groups of hackers) claimed to have stolen information about a billion Chinese citizens from the Shanghai police database. As reported Bloombergthe hacker tried to sell 23 terabytes of data for 10 bitcoins, which is now only about 198 thousand dollars.
The data includes names, addresses, places of birth, national IDs, and phone numbers. The Wall Street Journal noted that the hacker provided part of the database, which includes information about crimes since 1995. The journalists confirmed the authenticity of some of the data by calling the indicated numbers.
It is not known how the hacker gained access to such a massive database. There are suggestions that the hack was carried out by attacking the Aliyun cloud service, where the base could be located. Alibaba experts, which includes the company, are already studying the situation.
The scale of the hack has not yet been determined, but if all the information is correct, it will be the largest cybercrime in Chinese history.