Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

Data storage units plugged into an IBM mainframe at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover, Germany in 2015; used here as stock photo.

Data storage units plugged into an IBM mainframe at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover, Germany in 2015; used here as stock photo.
Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty Images)

A Chinese intelligence firm’s database on 2.4 million people—including some 50,000 Americans—was recently leaked, exposing it to researchers.

Per a Tuesday report in the Register, Fullbright University Vietnam researcher Chris Balding and Australian security researcher Robert Potter co-authored a recent paper on Beijing-based company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, whose data on millions was obtained by an Australian based firm called Internet 2.0. Balding wrote in a blog post that the leaked database was compiled from “a variety of sources [and] is technically complex using very advanced language, targeting, and classification tools.” The team argued that the data was gathered as a tool for Chinese intelligence, military, and security agencies for “information warfare and influence targeting”

Read More