He said for a Free Europe a data analyzer.
The database was compiled from 2.3 billion articles and 2.1 billion social media posts. The total size of text files is 1 terabyte – writes in his exploratory article Free Europe.
Free Europe has received the part of the database that contains information about Hungarians.
As only a small part of the data was recovered, Zhenhua probably collected data on thousands of Hungarians. The portal will announce exactly who the Hungarians in the database will be later.
Foreigners include British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Australian Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and their families, ministers from many countries, and members of the British Royal Family. In addition to them, information was also gathered about low- and high-ranking soldiers from the armies of various countries, researchers working in industries important to China, software developers, and company executives, diplomats, or just convicted criminals.
About 80 percent of the data collected comes from the Internet, articles accessible to anyone, and social media profiles. Data collection sites such as Factiva and Crunchbase were used to search for information. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, but even TikTok pages were browsed by the compilers of the database, who probably combed the social sites with Zhenhua’s self-developed programs. It’s worth paying attention to what a person is sharing because even non-public data can be accessed.
Intelligents have access to more and more useful information from open sources.
–Liang Haoyau is a Big Data expert.
But it’s not just soldiers who need to pay attention to what they share about themselves.
– formulated by Professor Clive Hamilton to the ABC.
The remaining 20 percent of the information comes from offline sources that could have been purchased from either hackers or data merchants. The database also contains information that has been shared by users but not publicly, according to experts analyzing the database. To a free Europe in its communication.
Data collection was started in 2017 by a company called Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Information Technology and is constantly updated with new information. The purpose of the database is clear, according to experts: to assist the Chinese government and military intelligence.
Analysts at the database say it is quite clear that this is targeted data collection. This is because there are only people in the database who, through their workplace or relationships, have an impact on decision-making or access important information, be it technology, infrastructure or military operations. It also includes those who have an opinion-forming role, such as politicians and journalists.