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LinkAsia | May 10
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Welcome back. China is reporting that almost 2,000 people have been arrested in a government crackdown on domestic hacking. The story comes at a time when China is accused of hacking into foreign government systems and business networks. China denies these allegations, claiming that it's a victim too. Here’s CCTV with a report on the government's crackdown.
Changsha city, Hunan province. One crime group managed to get access to people's personal information from various fields, which is then sold online. In response, police launched a crackdown on the crime group, arresting several organizers.
Guo Gang, Police Officer:
According to our investigation, the suspects have personal information regarding millions of people. It's all private information, and should not be in their hands.
In this tiny, dingy office, the suspects amassed a treasure trove of information. Police estimate that 150 million pieces of information had been collected, targeting mobile phone users, car owners, and people working in hospitals and enterprises.
We the added the personal information in groups, for example, in the same province or in the same industry. The prize is about 1000 or 800 yuan.
Amid the pile of evidence, one computer file caught the attention of police. The identities of rich people had been gathered, along with their mobile phone numbers and the net worth of their financial assets.
They include people from various provinces and cities in Hunan, Guangdong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Some information is new, while others are relatively old.
Police have warned the public to be cautious and to report if their private details have been misused. James Kim, CCTV.
China has also been hacked from the outside. Activist hacker group Anonymous claimed to have attacked dozens of Chinese government websites in April. And it promised more attacks in the future to protest China's human rights abuses and censorship over the internet.