Daily Management Review

Chinese Firm Snooping On Million Around The World, Harnessed Personal Details From Dark Web


Chinese authorities and agencies have been found to be snooping on millions of people all around the world as it harnessed personal data from the dark web.  
The Chinese company under the scanner of cyber security experts all around the world is Shenzhen-based data company Zhenhua Data. It has been alleged by Australia based cyber security investigators that this company has deep links with China’s military and other intelligence networks of the country. The website of the company, which has been pulled down since the revelation happened, counts the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Chinese army, as one of its primary customers. Cyber security sleuths found this company amassing mountains of data of millions of people around the world after they laid hands on a database of the company that was left insecured.
According to reports, the Chinese company had gathered data of detailed personal information about thousands of people from India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The list of persons who data was collected included many prominent and influential figures of the countries named.
According to reports, the Shenzhen based company Zhenhua Data had gathered personal information of about 2.4 million people from all around the world and collected them in a data base. It has been reported that cyber security experts of Australia and other countries now believe that the data gathered by the firm was meant for the use of China's intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security.
Zhenhua had also listed the Chinese Communist Party s one of its main clients.
According to reports, at least 25 lakh people around the world — including about 10,000 Indians, 50,000 Americans, 40,000 British and 35,000 Australians, were tracked continuously by this technology company, which is based in Shenzen.
According to data from the now closed down website of the company, its mission is to make use of big data for the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation".
The leaked data base of the company contained information such as names, dates of birth, education, job history and social media accounts.
A large section of this data had been gathered from online sources, many of which ere publicly available, said reports.
The reports about this snooping revelation by the Chinese company show the depth of the penetration of the Chinese agencies and its private companies into the international online systems. The reports and this revelation also showed the depth and the breadth of Chinese surveillance could not be underestimated.