Alibaba suffers billion-item data leak of usernames and mobile numbers


Alibaba’s Chinese shopping operation Taobao has suffered a data breach of over a billion data points including usernames and mobile phone numbers. The info was lifted from the site by a crawler developed by an affiliate marketer.

Chinese outlet reported the case last week and today it was picked up by the Wall Street Journal.

Both reports state that a developer created a crawler that was able to reach beneath information available to the human eye on Taobao, and that the crawler operated for several months before Alibaba noticed the effort.

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