A huge Chinese database of faces and vehicle license plates spilled online
Zack Whittaker reports:
While its contents might seem unremarkable for China, where facial recognition is routine and state surveillance is ubiquitous, the sheer size of the exposed database is staggering. At its peak the database held over 800 million records, representing one of the biggest known data security lapses of the year by scale, second to a massive data leak of 1 billion records from a Shanghai police database in June. In both cases, the data was likely exposed inadvertently and as a result of human error.
The exposed data belongs to a tech company called Xinai Electronics based in Hangzhou on China’s east coast.
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