What is the issue - A security researcher named Victor Gevers detected an unprotected database from China that was publicly available without any password protection.
What information was involved - The leaky database contained private data of almost 1.8 million Chinese women.
“In China, they have a shortage of women. So an organization started to build a database to start registering over 1,8 million women with all kinds of details like phone numbers, addresses, education, location, ID number, marital status, and a ‘BreedReady’ status?,” Gevers tweeted.
Worth noting - Strangely enough, the database contains the 'BreedReady' status of women, which could imply that the women are at the age of childbearing.
While others interpret that the BreedReady could indicate that the women had children, however, if the BreedReady field meant that the women have children, then it is unusual that none of the women over 39 years had a BreedReady value of 1.
Another creepy thing about the database is that it included a 'HasVideo' staus which might imply that the women are monitored.
The bottom line - The owner of the database remains unknown. However, Gevers tweeted today that the database is not available anymore, which means that the owner of the database silently secured the database. Furthermore, it is also suspected that the database might belong to an online dating service in Beijing.