The hacker attacks on Taobao took place in october last year, it’s owner Alibaba revealed today. In total, the intruders managed to gain access to over 20 million user accounts, according to a report from Chinese authorities.
The hackers first obtained a database containing 99 million usernames and passwords, and later managed to get access to the 20 million accounts by using usernames and passwords from the hacked database.
25 Arrested by Chinese Police
The attack was partially stopped by Alibaba which also reported the intrusion to the police and adviced all its customers to change their passwords. According to the company, most of the login-attempts were blocked. It has not yet been revealed if any Taobao account holders suffered any financial loss from the attack. The Chinese police are said to have held a press conference on the incident, and 25 people have been arrested suspected for involvment in the attacks.
Taobao is often seen as China’s equivalent of Ebay, and one of the world’s most visited websites. According to Mashable, it has an estimated 265 million registered users.