A group of anonymous hackers announced that they had hacked the database of the Shanghai police and gained access to data on a billion Chinese citizens. Attackers want to sell 23 TB of data for 10 bitcoins.
According to Bloomberg, the database contains the names, addresses, places of birth, national ID numbers and phone numbers of Chinese residents. The hackers even provided data samples that included crime reports dating as far back as 1995. Journalists confirmed the legitimacy of at least some of the data by contacting the people whose numbers were provided.
It is not yet clear how the attackers gained access to the police database. The hackers are believed to have broken into an Alibaba cloud computing company called Aliyun, which hosted the database. Alibaba officials said they were investigating the matter.
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