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Six million Chinese internet users' data leaked

(People's Daily)

15:10, December 26, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The account information of more than 6 million registered users of China Software Developer Network (CSDN), China's largest online community for programmers, was leaked on Dec. 21. The user account information of several other popular websites in China such as Dodonew.com, 7K7K, Duowan.com, and 178.com has also been leaked.

On Dec. 21, 360 Security Guard said on its official microblog, "Some hackers today disclosed users’ account information in CSDN databases online, including more than 6 million e-mail addresses and passwords." Shortly afterward, the user account information of several other popular Chinese websites was also reportedly leaked.

"Many Internet users have used the same passwords for their e-mail, microblog, online gaming and online payment accounts. If the server of one of the websites is hacked, their accounts and passwords on other websites would also be stolen," said Qihoo 360's Shi Xiaohong.

CSDN has issued a public apology, in which it urged relevant users to change their password immediately, and said that it has informed the police of the data leakage.

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