An exposed database tracked whether 1.8 million Chinese women were "breed ready"

Over the weekend, security researcher Victor Gevers came across a Chinese database of 1.8 million women who listed their names, physical addresses, phone numbers and a potentially more problematic state: if they were "ready for the race". Anyone with the IP address could visit the database, said Gevers, who had previously discovered a database of 300 million private Chinese messages leaked last week and works for the Dutch non-profit GDI Foundation.

"We do not know who is behind this database and what is the intention". it was … that's the part that worries us most, "said Gevers The Verge. He says that the IP address of the database was in China and that most of the women included in the records They were in Beijing.

The database remained online only a day and a half after Gevers reported it on Twitter, he says, and it closed down at 4 am ET on Monday.The database also contained information on The education and marital status of each woman There was also evidence that more details about women were being traced: the data set included fields for "Politician" and "Has video", and some links to Facebook profile pages Facebook is still banned in China, so women who had Facebook pages must have accessed the platform through a VPN or travel abroad.

The data point "BreedReady" seems to be binary, so the data set of each woman would say that 1 for indicate yes or 0 to indicate no. Nearly 90 percent of the women were classified as single. The women in the database were between 15 and 95 years old, but the "BreedReady" women were clearly a subset: the youngest with BreedReady status were 18 years old and the oldest with the state was 39.

While it is a complete mystery to what the database is being used for, some Internet users suggested that it might have been part of a government effort to keep a record of fertile women as the rates of China's birth rate falls to a historical level In January, China's national statistics. The Office reported that no more than 15 million children were born in 2018, a drop of two million from the previous year. Users of Chinese social networks reacted to the filtering of the database by comparing it with the series of Hulu & # 39; The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale a dystopian story in which fertile women are considered valuable livestock and can even be exchanged as resources. (One of those comments has been censored since then). Others suggest that it could be much more innocuous, maybe it was just data from a Chinese dating application.

As to how people could avoid being included in this database and keep their data safe, Gevers had the following thoughts:

I would say that I do not register in Chinese online services because some of them do not They are so safe. But that is not very practical and it is not correct to say that you can not trust all the Chinese online services. In addition, Google and Facebook know a lot about people and sell those data to third parties. So I do not think I have an answer to this problem, because it extends far beyond China. It is a global problem that we must address. All nations (including China) must stop this madness for big data first, because all this will end in tears if we continue down this road.

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