China suffers one of the largest cyber attacks in its history: the data of 1 billion people are stolen!
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China suffers one of the largest cyber attacks in its history: the data of 1 billion people are stolen!

The cyberattack took place in China and, according to Bloomberg, it would be one of the most important that the Asian country has suffered; however, it has not been confirmed by the authorities.

23 terabytes (TB) of personal information stored in China could have been stolen in one of the largest cyber attacks in the country’s history. According to Bloomberg, cybercriminals have accessed such data through Shanghai police systems.

The main suspect in the computer attack is the ChinaDan hacker group and, now, the stolen data is published on a Dark Web forum. There, the names, addresses, phone numbers and even criminal case information of China’s approximately one billion residents are being traded for 10 Bitcoins.

This cyberattack, if true, would be a blow to the Chinese authorities, but it would only affect the country’s residents and the case has not been internationalized. This is because the files supposedly hacked were those of the municipal police and not another organization.

The data belonged to the Shanghai police, so it has not affected outside the residents of the municipality. The data belonged to the Shanghai police, so it has not affected outside the residents of the municipality. Clint Patterson via Unsplash 23 terabytes (TB) of personal information stored in China could have been stolen in one of the largest cyber attacks in the country’s history. According to Bloomberg, cybercriminals have accessed such data through Shanghai police systems.

The main suspect in the computer attack is the ChinaDan hacker group and, now, the stolen data is published on a Dark Web forum. There, the names, addresses, phone numbers and even criminal case information of China’s approximately one billion residents are being traded for 10 Bitcoins.

This cyberattack, if true, would be a blow to the Chinese authorities, but it would only affect the country’s residents and the case has not been internationalized. This is because the files supposedly hacked were those of the municipal police and not another organization.

What does the sale of 23 TB of information mean?


The large amount of data that is now on the Deep Web could be purchased by cybercriminals and they could commit cybercrimes based on it. Given the stolen information, the attacks that scammers could commit would range from phishing to SIM Swapping (duplicating a SIM card).

However, at the moment not much more is known about what happened. In fact, ChinaDan has not confirmed the authorship of the cyberattack and the only evidence that exists is a screenshot showing the alleged data extracted from the Shanghai police.

The attack would be very serious, but it is not confirmed

The data known to date is thanks to a Bloomberg report and the authorities of the Asian country have not yet confirmed the attack. The Chinese Cyberspace Administration, which is in charge of managing what has to do with the Internet in the territory, has also not made any statement.

According to the American media outlet, China’s failure to recognize cyber attacks is quite common. Some cases they tried to hide were that of 2016, in which the personal information of dozens of officials and industry figures was stolen; or that of Weibo Corp. In 2020, in which the data of more than 538 million users was allegedly stolen.

Specifically, the alleged ChinaDan attack would be the one that Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance, mentioned this Monday. In a tweet, he stated that his company in charge of preventing cybersecurity threats had detected the sale of data of 1 billion residents of “an Asian country” on the Dark Web. However, in his publication, Changpeng Zhao did not report the territory involved.

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