[Voice of Hope July 3, 2022](Comprehensive report by our reporter Fu Ming)On July 3, a news that the database of the Shanghai National Police had been leaked went viral on the Internet. It is reported that the personal information of 1 billion mainland Chinese residents was sold at the price of 10 bitcoins. So far, officials have not refuted this rumor.
It is rumored that the amount of information leaked this time is about 24TB, which is the largest leak since 1949. It is reported that the information of 10 residents has been leaked, including the residents’ names, gender, age, birthplace address, ID card, photo, mobile phone number, and all criminal records, or police records, and so on.
Judging from the screenshots posted by netizens, on June 30, the database information of the Shanghai National Police had been leaked and appeared in the public eye. The person who posted the screenshot appears to be selling the data for 10 bitcoins (about $200,000).
Judging from the information samples posted by netizens (which have been blurred), these information may include the personal information of all residents across the country:
The news was also spreading on Weibo, but netizens used some obscure words when describing the information leak:
However, some netizens expressed that they did not care about this large-scale information leak, and joked that they had no privacy anymore:
“To be honest, I don’t care if other people get my information. I don’t have much privacy as an ordinary person. The impact on me may be two more fraudulent phone calls. But if this is true, it really doesn’t matter. It’s quite funny. The database of a police department in a region can be leaked and put on the Internet for sale at a clear price. Is the information security department of the agency a piece of paper?”
Some netizens also said that this leak may have revealed an important secret. The number of residents in mainland China is only about 1 billion, not 1.4 billion:
“With 1 billion people, China’s population really doesn’t have 1.4 billion.”
“From here, we can finally know the actual population of China?!”
Responsible editor: Lin Li