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Alibaba execs called in by Shanghai authorities over police data heist

Hacker claims info on 1bn people taken from company server

The hacker claims that the Shanghai police data covering 1 billion Chinese citizens came from an Alibaba private cloud server.   © AP

HONG KONG -- Executives and senior technicians from Alibaba Group Holding were summoned by Shanghai police on July 3 after the law enforcement agency suffered what appears to be one of the biggest data breaches in history, individuals briefed on the matter tell Nikkei Asia.

The technicians, from Alibaba's offices in Shanghai and Hangzhou, are cooperating with the police in addressing the data breach, said one of the sources, who requested anonymity.

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