Personal Data Of China's Rich And Powerful Leaked On Twitter

Posted: May 14 2016, 11:15am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Personal Data of China's Rich and Powerful Leaked on Twitter
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Beijing, May 14 (IANS) A twitter account has released the personal information or state ID, like social security number and home address, of China's rich and powerful -- including of Alibaba founder Jack Ma and China's richest man Wang Jianlin, a media report said.

Information published by an account @shenfenzheng - meaning "personal identification" in Chinese - also revealed sensitive data like national identification number, birth date, educational attainment and marital status of wealthy people, The Verge reported.

Besides Jack Ma, the personal data of China's richest man Wang Jianlin, his wife Lin Ning and son Wang Sicong; businessman Guo Wengui and his family; Great Firewall architect Fang Binxing; nationalist commentator Sima Nan; Beijing's biggest real estate developer Pan Shiyi; and Global Times editor Hu Xijin are among those whose information has apparently been leaked.

Meanwhile, the user who tweeted the information responded to a tweet by Isaac Stone Fish, Asia editor of Foreign Policy - a magazine of global politics, economics and ideas: "Are you surprised by this information? I hope this will make my countrymen think about how worthless their personal privacy is, so that even the whereabouts of the rich and famous can be easily monitored."

In China, the state ID number is a person's identity. It is used for everything, from setting up online accounts to booking hotels to confirming identities for bank transfers, and having it fall into the wrong hands would make identity theft quite easy.

The under-scanner Twitter account has been suspended.

You May Like


The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/59" rel="author">IANS</a>
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) was established in 1986, initially to serve as an information bridge between India and its thriving Diaspora in North America. Now IANS is a full-fledged wire agency, putting out news 24x7 from around the world.




Leave a Comment

Share this Story

Follow Us
Follow I4U News on Twitter
Follow I4U News on Facebook

You Also Like


Read the Latest from I4U News