Asia China data breaches: 33-mil unprotected job applicant profiles leaked

China data breaches: 33-mil unprotected job applicant profiles leaked

Amid a series of recent cybersecurity attacks in China, President Xi Jinping has initiated some IT safeguards as the country’s top agenda.

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Cybercrimes remain a global threat. Even a superpower like China has not been spared. Increasingly, cybercriminals in China are attacking industrial facilities.

Huge databases containing the personal details of 33 million candidates of online recruitment sites such as 51Job, lagou, and Zhilian have been laid bare.

These personal details include users’ addresses, mobile numbers, and statuses. Based on resource site Bleeping Computer, other details such as educational, work and salary history were part of the leaked info.

The unencrypted database was found by Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member of GDI Foundation. The database owner was not identified.

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According to Mr Jain, a third-party collected the profiles from these job sites and used them in a few ways. When he reported what he discovered to CNCERT, a Chinese cyber emergency response team, the database was secured.

Amid a series of recent cybersecurity attacks in China, President Xi Jinping has initiated some IT safeguards as the country’s top agenda.

The plan aims to curtail possible areas of entry for hackers and foreign intelligence services as well as strengthen China’s local cyber industry.

Such a corrective measure comes on the heels of last June’s reported data leak that led to 1.9 million 51Job.com user accounts and a resulting case against 51Job.com by Pomerantz LLP, a US law company that focuses on class action lawsuits.

The 2018 data breach did not provide details on where the stolen data was sourced. The absence of these details did not help repair public confidence which further eroded after claims that this breach was related to another massive data breach in 2015 when Chinese IT company NetEase email service was hacked into.

Serious cyber atatacks have also been in the minds of Singaporeans, up to 1.5mil of whom had their personal details hacked into during the past few years as well as the first quarter of 2019.

To protect the government’s security systems, the city-state’s Cybr Security Agency sought assistance from local and overseas “white hat” or ethical hackers to eliminate vulnerabilities of five government online agencies.

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