According to the Financial Times, Victor Gevers, a security researcher at the GDI Foundation, a network security organization, claims that hundreds of millions of private chat records of Chinese users have been leaked on the Internet.
Geoffrey said he found a database of 360 million chat records, including social media materials and chat records related to names and ID numbers. According to Geoffrey, anyone who searches for the databases IP address can access the database free of charge online, where user files and photos, addresses and location information are stored.
Records in these databases include the tags of Wechat and QQ, as well as the records of Wechat payment and QQ account, indicating that they may come from services provided by Tencent. Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and there was no indication that Tencent knew the data came from its services.
Geoffrey points out that the main databases are classified according to where the data comes from and transmit it to 17 other servers. Its worrying that these things are easily available online, he said. If such data is exposed, of course, it will cause privacy concerns.
Many records contain the name and address of Internet cafes. Chinese cyber security experts have long warned that Internet cafes collect large amounts of customer data. According to the GDI Foundations Responsible Disclosure policy, the database has been secured after Geoffrey reported the problem.
But Griffith added: Our biggest concern is to notify the data owner as soon as possible, and ISPs quickly shut down the database. (small)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541