Chinese data breach; More data breaches
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Hacker claims to have obtained data on 1 billion Chinese citizens
Records have been broken (allegedly) when it comes to data breaches.
A hacker has claimed to have gotten a hold of the data for over 1 billion Chinese residents.
The data supposedly has come from a Shanghai police database.
If true, this would likely be the biggest data breach in history.
But records aside, a large-scale data breach has surely been brewing in China for some time now.
China is notorious for its lax datasecurity practices, caused, in part, by the government’s desire to spy on its own citizens, which means much data is left unencrypted.
As they point out, the breach comes at a particularly bad time for data protection efforts in China.
The government has recently passed a law to ensure companies better protect citizens’ data.
You could argue that given the recent developments in the region that a data breach is low on the priority list. But nevertheless, an interesting space to keep an eye on as data professionals.
Your recent data break update + a reminder
It could be Wind turbines, Highbrow food suppliers, the DVLA or Yodel.
The reality is that (and we have talked about this before in this newsletter) you should be planning for when not if a data breach occurs in your organization.
So here’s your quarterly reminder to think about how you can reduce your risk, and prepare for any future data breaches.
If it helps, you can go back and check out that edition, where there’s an (I think) great roundup of how to do just this.
‘Drunken’ man loses USB with entire city’s data. Well, if you’re going to be responsible for a data break, at least do it style, I guess 🤷♂️
Uber admits to covering up data breach in 2016.
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