BEIJING -- Over 550 suspects involved in 90 cases of illegally registering and selling internet accounts have been detained amid a national crackdown, the Ministry of Public Security said Saturday.
The suspects illegally collected mobile numbers and other personal information of middle-aged and elderly people in rural areas on the pretext of "promoting digital medical insurance certificates," the ministry said.
During the crackdown, more than 600,000 pieces of illegally-obtained personal information were spotted, with over 40,000 illegal internet accounts seized.
A MPS official called on the public to stay vigilant, not to let strangers operate their mobile phones or scan QR codes of unknown origin.
This data comes from MediaIntel.Asia's Media Intelligence and Media Monitoring Platform.
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