The IDs and passwords of as many as 5.06 million people who use online shopping and other websites have been found on computer servers seized in relation to alleged unauthorised access through proxy servers by a Chinese group.
According to The Japan News, there are traces that show the personal information of about 60,000 people was used to log into online shopping sites, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The MPD is investigating whether the unauthorised access has caused damage, while urging users to take precautions such as by changing passwords. Analysis has shown that the list was created during a period from September, two months before the MPD search, to shortly before the search.
The MPD said users of the proxy servers had gained access to the servers from China. It suspects a Chinese fraud group illegally used the proxy servers in Japan to conceal its identity when gaining unauthorised access to Japanese online shopping sites.