15 held by po­lice for info theft

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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Po­lice in­Mianyang, Sichuan prov­ince, have ar­rested 15 peo­ple sus­pected of steal­ing per­sonal Web­site: in­for­ma­tion.

The sus­pects, who in­clude bank em­ploy­ees, are said to have been in­volved in the theft of nearly 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, mak­ing 2.3 mil­lion yuan ($341,400) from sell­ing such in­for­ma­tion.

InMay, a woman sur­named Yang wanted to take out a bank loan to buy an apart­ment. She checked her per­sonal credit registry at the bank’s credit ref­er­ence cen­ter.

Soon af­ter­ward, she re­ceived sev­eral phone calls each week from peo­ple say­ing they were call­ing on be­half of firms that pro­vide petty loans.

Sus­pect­ing her per­sonal in­for­ma­tion had been stolen, she re­ported the case to lo­cal po­lice.

Later that month, po­lice found CANADAa lo­cal res­i­dent, sur­named Deng, had il­le­gally ob­tained per­sonal credit re­ports on­line.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Deng showed that he col­lab­o­rated with oth­ers in il­le­gally ob­tain­ing per­sonal credit re­ports as well as bank ac­count and bal­ance de­tails be­fore sell­ing the in­for­ma­tion to oth­ers.

A fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed the leak­age of such per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­volved a man, sur­namedXia, in Shaoyang, Hu­nan prov­ince.

Xia, head of a bank in the city, was able to ac­cess peo­ple’s per­sonal credit re­ports as well as de­tails of their bank ac­counts © and 2016 bal­ances.China Daily

Three All Rights em­ploy­ees Re­served of a branch Vol.of China36 — No. Citic 10994 Bank in Liaon­ing prov­ince paid to il­le­gally ob­tain such in­for­ma­tion be­fore sell­ing the re­ports and bank­ing de­tails to firms of­fer­ing petty Amem­berofloans, il­le­gal

theAsi­aNewsNet­work re­search com­pa­nies and fraud­sters, po­lice said.

Amount of money that 15 sus­pects made for sell­ing nearly 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion CHINA DAILY (ISSN 0748-6154) is pub­lished daily ex­cept week­ends by China Daily USA, 1500 Broad­way, Suite 2800, New York, NY 10036. Pe­ri­od­i­cal postage paid at New York, NY and ad­di­tional mail­ing of­fices. POST­MAS­TER: Send ad­dress changes to CHINA DAILY USA, 1500 Broad­way, Suite 2800, New York, NY 10036.

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