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China – Former employees allegedly leak 160,000 CVs on Zhaopin

11 July 2019

Up to 160,000 CVs uploaded on Chinese career platform Zhaopin were allegedly stolen and leaked by two former employees.

According to Technode, the leaked CVs were available online for as little as RMB 5.00 (USD 0.73) each.

ZDNet reports that Zhaopin had released evidence at a Beijing trial regarding the leak last week. The company first reported the case to police in June 2018 as it found users' information had been traded on Taobao, Alibaba's e-commerce website.

The two former employees allegedly helped a third suspect obtain a corporate account for the platform in order for them to obtain the resumes. Both former employees were subsequently arrested. The two defendants were not with Zhaopin when the crime was uncovered.

According to Yicai, the third suspect, who was unemployed, forged a company business license and secured a corporate membership account from the two former employees. He then acquired user resumes and sold them on Taobao, where he has a shop.

In a statement on microblogging site Weibo, Zhaopin said, “User data is the lifeline of Zhaopin’s development. The company will not tolerate illegal activities including information fraud and violations of personal data.” Zhaopin added that it would investigate the activities.

 The Beijing court has not yet given a verdict.

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