back to article Billion-record stolen Chinese database for sale on breach forum

A threat actor has taken to a forum for news and discussion of data breaches with an offer to sell what they assert is a database containing records of over a billion Chinese civilians – allegedly stolen from the Shanghai Police. Over the weekend, reports started to surface of a post to a forum at The post makes …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of oppressive dictators!!

    1. Blackjack Silver badge

      Re: Ooops

      Most of those billion people are normal people oppressed by the Chinese government so it sucks to be them.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Meanwhile in the UK

    all you would need to do is make a Donation to the current Party of Government to get hold of that sort of data.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Meanwhile in the UK

      Don't mention Palantir. I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.

      1. HildyJ Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Re: Meanwhile in the UK

        Oops you mentioned it again. Now you're on the list.

  3. Dinanziame Silver badge

    With no end in sight of this type of leaks, we can hardly expect our privacy to ever be safe... Then again, privacy has never been safe from people deliberately targeting you.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      It might be a little safer if everyone and their dog wasn't collecting and storing it in the first place.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What could possibly go wong?

    This is wan ton disrespect by some dim son!

  5. sarusa

    So that's about $10?

    Chinese lives are worth nothing according to the CCP. Like everyone inside or outside of Putin's Russia, anyone who's not a stupid uneducated white piece of crap for American republicans, anyone who likes foliage for Brazil's Bolsinaro, etc. etc. China's citizens are just fodder for the meat grinder for panda boy.

    There's little anyone could to do a Chinese mainland citizen that's worse that what their dictatorship is already doing to them.

    1. lglethal Silver badge

      Re: So that's about $10?

      Oh there are always things that can be done to make people's lives worse than what they currently are.

      The truth is that the vast majority of Chinese in the middle classes dont find themselves on the radar of the CCP, and so live relatively comfortably. With the data in these breaches though (if it's as bad as people seem to be saying), it would be child's play for someone to falsely obtain loans leaving the real people being chased by not very nice people wanting repayments for the debt and you better believe there wont be any support from the CCP there. Alternatively, people can start agitating against the CCP using fake names and identities and leave the real people behind those identities in a whole other world of pain.

      There's lots that can be done to ruin a person's day...

  6. tapemonkey

    The ultimate chinese take away.

  7. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    this exploit happened because the gov developer wrote a tech blog on CSDN and accidentally included the credentials

    Wait, if someone gave you the keys to the house and entered, why would the action be called a "breach"?

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Putting the real credentials in a blog article? That's just basic stupidity.

      I don't say this often, but there's someone that needs the rubber-hose re-education.

  8. RM Myers
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    Weird Coincidence

    I'm listening to some old musical and reading El Reg, and what is playing now? Of course, "I Heard It on the Grapevine" - the old fashion way to leak private information.

    But the grapevine never leaked private information on a billion people at one shot. Finally, real progress courtesy of "The Cloud".

  9. StrangerHereMyself Bronze badge

    Nothing (else) matters

    I doubt this leak will have much impact on Chinese's lives as privacy isn't really a thing in China. The only thing that matters is that the CCP stays in power and this leak doesn't seem to damage it that much. Yes, it may ruin some people's lives, but that's just a cup of sand in the grand scheme of things.

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