CN: Police crack ring of personal information thieves

Jiang Yabin reports:

Fengxian district police have arrested 11 people suspected of illegally selling personal information, local media reported Wednesday.

The case involved about 1 billion pieces of personal information, according to a report in the Shanghai Evening Post.

Fengxian district police got onto the case in June while they were investigating an illegal gold dealer, according to the report. The dealer told police that he bought his clients’ personal information online from a contact on QQ, an instant messaging service. Investigators traced the seller’s QQ number and bank account information to a resident living in Liupanshui, Guizhou Province.

Police went to Liupanshui in mid-October to raid the ring, which had been selling personal information since April. Police found 1 billion pieces of information, including those of property owners in high-end residential compounds in Shanghai.

Read more on Global Times.

As noted previously on this blog, Chinese authorities have really been cracking down on the sale of personal information this year. Of course, we probably have even more of that going on here, but no one really cracks down on it here, do they?

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