China Police Database Left Open For Over a Year, Enabling Data Leak

The Shanghai police records—containing the names, government ID numbers, phone numbers and incident reports of nearly 1 billion Chinese citizens—were stored securely, according to the cybersecurity experts.

What is likely one of history’s largest heists of personal data—and the largest known cybersecurity breach in China—occurred because of a common vulnerability that left the data open for the taking on the internet, say cybersecurity experts who discovered the security flaw earlier this year.

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