An unprotected database revealed personal information of more than 1.8 million women in China. The data set includes a “”BreedReady” status of the, apart from the regular information like name, age, and date of birth.
The database includes phone numbers, ID numbers, addresses, marital status, URLs to photos, GPS coordinates, information about the political affiliation and education related details, and a ‘HasVideo’ field.
A well-known security researcher Victor Gevers, working with the non-profit GDI Foundation, was the one who got a hold on the unprotected the data trove while he was searching for open databases in China, and he found tens of thousands of them.
He tweeted the screenshot of the database saying, “In China, they have a shortage of women. So an organization started to build a database to start registering over 1,8 million women with all kinds of details like phone numbers, addresses, education, location, ID number, marital status, and a ”BreedReady” status?”
The researcher stated that in the database the youngest woman with the status ‘BreedReady:1’ is 18 years old and the oldest is 39. The BreedReady field meant to specify whether the person has children or not.
Most of the women in the database are single (89%) and are based in Beijing. The youngest girl is 15 years old.
Gevers found a total of 18 unprotected databases all are from China, and it has data from six social platforms that are operational in the country. The personal data includes names, ID numbers, photos, GPS locations, network info, public and private conversations, and file exchanges.