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Government data rules could affect Chinese users’ security

More than 52 million pieces of personal information such as ID numbers, social security details, financial status, and property ownership have reportedly been compromised in various government-run systems across China, local media said.

According to data provided by loudong.360.cn, a security watchdog, high-risk loopholes have been found in systems such as social security, household administration, disease control, and hospitals in more than 30 cities across China — and these are just the tip of the iceberg.

Information security experts from the watchdog group said that the situation could be much more severe than expected; the unsecured information has the potential to be used by criminals to commit credit card and identity theft, and could also threaten national security.

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Source: ZDNet

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