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

Over the weekend, a security researcher who specializes in finding misconfigured servers, made one of the most disturbing discoveries of his career when he stumbled upon an unsecured MongoDB database containing private data on 1.8 million Chinese women, including names, ages, physical addresses, phone numbers and their “breed ready” status. Most of the women were located in Beijing.

A day and a half after the researcher reported his discovery on Twitter, the server was taken offline. “We don’t know who is behind this database and what the intention was…that is the part that worries us the most,” the researcher stated. On Twitter he mentioned that the database could be related to the fact that China has a distorted sex ratio favoring men.

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