Hackers attack 20 million accounts on Alibaba's TaobaoStaff writer ▼ | February 4, 2016
Hackers in China attempted to access more than 20 million accounts on Alibaba's Taobao e-commerce website using Alibaba's own cloud computing service.
Data security Alibaba blocked the vast majority of log-in attempts
An Alibaba spokesman said the company detected the attack in the first instance, reminded users to change passwords, and worked closely with the police investigation.
Hackers obtained a database of 99 million usernames and passwords from a number of websites, according to a separate report on a website managed by the Ministry of Public Security.
The hackers then used Alibaba's cloud computing platform to input the details into Taobao. Of the 99 million usernames, they found 20.59 million were also being used for Taobao accounts, the ministry website said.
The hackers started inputting the details into Taobao in mid-October and were discovered in November, at which time Alibaba immediately reported the case to police, the ministry website said. The hackers have since been caught, it said.
Alibaba's systems discovered and blocked the vast majority of log-in attempts, according to the ministry website. ■