(Yicai Global) June 14 -- China's national rail operator said there was no user information leakage from its widely-used rail ticket booking site, denying online rumors that it was hacked.
After verification, China Railway found no such hacking or stealing of user information on its official booking site 12306.cn, it said yesterday. It, however, called on users and passengers to ensure security of their personal information by booking and purchasing tickets through its official website, as well as the railway app "12306," and avoid unauthorized channels.
China Railway made the statement following news that data about nearly 30 million items of users data have been stolen from 12306.cn, including users' names, identification numbers, passwords, mobile phone numbers, payment details and security question answers, went viral yesterday. They suggested hackers were selling users' personal information for 10 Bitcoins on the deep web. One Bitcoin currently costs more than CNY40,000 (USD6,250).
Reports of data breaches at other online platforms have also gone viral recently. Barrage video site Acfun Network Technology was hacked, with nearly 10 million items of user data stolen, including IDs, nicknames and passwords, the company said on its website yesterday.
12306.cn is the official website of China Railway's customer service center, which provides online ticket purchasing and inquiry services.
Editor: Mevlut Katik