In a case worth over RMB 800 million, numerous members of a syndicate have been arrested for allegedly buying and selling personal data over the internet, local media is reporting

The gang was able to obtain personal information by falsely identifying themselves and hacking targeted individuals. This information included mobile phone location and movement data, credit information, academic records, and phone call data.

According to the report, the group charged RMB 10 ($1.60) a month to track one mobile phone and RMB 1000 ($160) a month to track multiple targets.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.