In July 2022, China’s Mul E newspaper reported that the data and records of one billion Chinese citizens in the Shanghai Public Security Bureau system were hacked, which is believed to be the largest cyber security incident in China so far. A hacker named ChinaDan was selling this data for ten bitcoins (about $200,000).

According to Da Ji Yuan, some information from the free sample data of 750,000 citizens provided has been confirmed to be true. Given the Chinese government’s silence on this data, the chances are high that the data is accurate.

Leaked data reveals many secrets of the Chinese government, one of which is that China’s actual population is most likely only one billion; otherwise, could the Ministry of Public Security database miss covering such a large number of Chinese people? Even if the data of high-ranking Chinese officials are not included in the data due to confidentiality issues, that number is insignificant. It, therefore, cannot account for China’s population of only one billion people.

According to information released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the result of the seventh census in November 2020 was that China’s population exceeded 1.4 billion people, an increase of 72.06 million people ( 5.38% increase) compared to the sixth national census in 2010. Compared to the leaked 1 billion people data, the difference is 400 million.

Suppose the data of 1 billion people is correct. In that case, it means that population growth data released by the Chinese government in recent years, economic development data such as GDP per capita, and pension data could be wrong.

Also, if the 2010 census data of more than 1.3 billion people is accurate, how did China lose more than 300 million people in 12 years? In addition to family planning, environmental pollution, food pollution, and other factors, this 300 million number must be related to various natural disasters and pandemics. 

Mul E reported that two cybersecurity experts confirmed the hacker’s claim that the leaked information contained more than 23 terabytes of data and involved about a billion people. They said a file with a section named “person_address_label_info_master” had nearly 970 million lines of information, including people’s names, dates of birth, addresses, identification numbers, and photo IDs. Provided there are no duplicate entries, the file contains details for nearly 970 million people.

The Vision Times on January 17 published an article by author Xing Rentao discussing the Shanghai Public Security Bureau database leak proving that 400 million people have died in the pandemic.

The author wrote: “When I saw this news last July, I thought that hackers only got a part of the data of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau because it is not easy to get all the data of 1.4 billion people as announced by the Chinese government.”

“But today, from a technical perspective, I researched the cause of the Shanghai Public Security database leak and discovered that what the hackers got could not be a piece of data, it was a complete database. Therefore, the national population data stored in the Public Security Bureau is about 1 billion.”

The hacker said that this database is hosted on Alibaba Cloud and that it is the Shanghai Public Security Bureau’s search and backup database obtained from Alibaba Cloud. The RFA analysis reveals a similarity:

“A practitioner familiar with data industry work in China and the United States explained to the reporter that according to the clue, the source of the leak could be: when programmers use the ElasticSearch server to build a big data search system by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, they put the backed up data on Alibaba Cloud, but due to an error, the back door of the data was opened, and it became information that can be downloaded or viewed on the Kibana data visualization website.”

Those who are knowledgeable about information technology know that when performing a search in ElasticSearch, all the data in the database will be sent to ElasticSearch, which will then be analyzed and sorted by ElasticSearch, meeting the technical requirements of the full intelligent search that the Shanghai Public Security Bureau will perform at that time. So, the database on Alibaba Cloud is complete.

Since this database is complete, the nationwide population in the Public Security Bureau database is about 1 billion, a difference of 400 million from the 1.42 billion officially claimed by the Chinese government, so where did these 400 million people go?

The logical answer might be death from a pandemic on a large scale.

Author Xing Rentao said that, in the past few years, people have always believed that the Chinese government’s zero covid policy and lockdown measures are stupid, a waste of human resources and money, but ineffective. Still, the Chinese government aims to cover up the actual death toll by sealing off and moving residents of suspected infected areas.

The lockdown is to block news of the deaths. Moving people to another place will disrupt the original community connection so that the actual death toll can be more effectively concealed. Because there is no community connection between people, the data on community deaths from infection can be hidden.

And by November 2022, the pandemic had spread throughout China, and the Zero COVID policy of the Chinese government could no longer be covered up. The Chinese government took advantage of the “white paper movement” to loosen the lockdown and continued to use the pretext of ‘community immunity’ to hide their disregard for human life.

At the end of the article, Vision Times quoted a netizen’s comment: “In more than three years, 400 million people died; every day on average, 300,000 people died, China has more than 2,000 counties, counting 180 counties each. There are dozens of towns and hundreds of villages in each district. Just over the past month or so, the death toll has been higher than usual, and the situation has been chaotic. I see funerals everywhere in the countryside and many cities; the queues for cremation can take up to several months.”

So, China has more than 2,000 counties, and if every day, 180 people have died; in one year, more than 100 million people die, which makes it a not-too-unreasonable number.

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