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1.9 million user accounts hacked at recruitment website 51Job


Private data of more than 1.9 million users of 51Job.com, one of the largest recruitment platforms in China, were reportedly found for sale on the dark web, according to (in Chinese) The Paper.

Judging from sample information provided by the hackers, the breach gave hackers access to usernames, passwords, email addresses, real names, and identity card numbers. The whole package of data from 1.95 million users could be purchased for 12 bitcoin (around $80,600 at today’s rates).

On June 15, 51Job.com confirmed the leak, but said that its database had not been hacked but rather that the hackers stole the information from other sources and then “tested” them on its platform. 51Job.com did not elaborate on the source of the stolen data but hinted that the incident was associated with a massive data breach of NetEase’s email service in 2015. “It’s very likely that some hackers reused the data, trying to log in with those email addresses and passwords,” an employee at 51Job.com told the reporter, adding that the website had already implemented a series of security measures to prevent potential data leaks, and the user accounts affected this time are mostly idle ones that hadn’t installed new protection features. There has been no independent confirmation of 51Jobs.com’s account.

Last week, Chinese video-sharing website AcFun also fell victim to hackers, who claimed that they had acquired account data of millions of users. On June 12, the website started negotiating with the attackers after they released some of the hacked data. The story then took an unexpected turn on June 14 when the hackers apologized and announced (in Chinese) they would delete all the data they obtained due to AcFun’s earnest persuasion.

Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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