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Man fined for posting customer data online

A 29-year-old man who posted a local bank's client data on a prominent website to earn credits was fined 5,000 yuan (US$789) for his illegal activity, the Pudong District People's Court said yesterday.

On January 18 and 20, the man surnamed Hou posted two name lists on Baidu, China's leading search engine, and claimed the 800-plus individuals each had more than 5 million yuan in savings deposits at the China Merchants Bank. The lists were soon visited by hundreds of netizens and downloaded 22 times.

Hou earned credits based on the number of downloads, and the credits allowed him to download materials he liked, the court said.

The website allows registered users to download information only when they attain a certain amount of credits.

Hou confessed that he obtained the client data illegally from someone else between March and April of 2010.


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