Hot Topix: The Great Breach of China

The largest data breach in history just occurred in China. According to Reuters the “Databases contain information on one billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records, including: name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.”

Apparently, the hacker “China Dan” is willing to sell the database for the relatively low sum of $200,000. At that price, many people and numerous governments could very soon own information on nearly every person in China.

State censorship is working overtime to remove all mentions of the hack from the Chinese Internet, and the government is warning people and business to pay more attention to security. 

Is this hack legitimate? What happens next? What will China do? There’s lots to discuss on this week’s episode of The Decentralists!