Date
22 July 2017
Dalian Wanda's Wang Jianlin was among the business tycoons targeted in an online leak of personal information in China. Photo: Reuters
Dalian Wanda's Wang Jianlin was among the business tycoons targeted in an online leak of personal information in China. Photo: Reuters

Personal data of prominent Chinese leaked on Twitter

A mysterious Twitter account posted personal information on dozens of prominent Chinese people, including business tycoons such as Jack Ma and Wang Jianlin, earlier this week before the account was suspended, the New York Times reported.

Using a handle called @shenfenzheng — which means “personal identification” in Chinese — an anonymous person posted photos and screenshots containing personal information on several well-known Chinese individuals, the paper said.

The leaked information included addresses, national identification numbers, educational attainment and marital status of the targets.

One of the identification cards posted by @shenfenzheng was purported to be that of Fang Binxing (方濱興), known as the architect of the Great Firewall, it said.

It was not clear who controlled the account, or whether that person was inside or outside China, the report noted.

Twitter suspended the account Thursday afternoon.

According to Bloomberg, apart from Alibaba chairman Jack Ma and Dalian Wanda Group founder Wang Jianlin, information was also leaked on Tencent Holdings chairman Ma Huateng, Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun and Sany Heavy Industry chief Liang Wengen.

Some Communist Party officials, including the governor of a major Chinese province, were also targeted in the online leak of personal information.

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