A server in China was found to have a database of over 1.8 million women. The database was completely open at time of discovery and had personal information of the women including their addresses and phone numbers.
However, it’s the term “BreedReady” that is skeeving people out the most.
In today's database news::— PingPipe Internet (@PingPipe) March 11, 2019
Someone has found online an open database of 1.8 million women in China.
But wait, there's more:
It contains "phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status"https://t.co/Hw5f4qUXS6
Gevers shared his findings in the database through a series of partially redacted tweets. He blocked out identifying information but showed the categories attached to the profiles.
The information is eye opening.
In China, they have a shortage of women. So an organization started to build a database to start registering over 1,8 million women with all kinds of details like phone numbers, addresses, education, location, ID number, marital status, and a ”BreedReady" status? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fbRKsbNHPJ— Victor Gevers (@0xDUDE) March 9, 2019
The youngest girl in this database is 15y old. The youngest woman with BreedReady:"1" status is 18y. The average age is a bit above 32y, and the most aged woman with a BR:1 is 39 and with a BR:0 is 95y. All are single [89%], divorced [10%] or widow[1%]. About 82% lives in 北京市. pic.twitter.com/qCP7FvFMB7— Victor Gevers (@0xDUDE) March 9, 2019
Because of the location of the server, and the addresses of profiles in the database, he drew a connection between China’s shortage of women and the profiles. The value of “BreedReady” becomes a very dark term under this mentality.
As Gevers states, the youngest woman in the database with a BreedReady value of 1 is 18-years-old, while the oldest is 39-years-old. All women included in the database are single.
Others have pointed out that it’s possible there’s a language barrier, twisting the term into something darker than intended. Some said that “BreedReady” could be “Receptive” alluding to the idea the women are wanting children. Others believe it’s stating if the woman already has children.
However, the age range who have a “BreedReady” value of 1 makes this unlikely. It would imply there’s no woman over 39 who’s had a child.
While speculation on what the field could mean, people are already calling reality the worst dystopia.
Margaret Atwood's prophecies are coming true— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) March 11, 2019
Is this the prologue to The Handmaid’s Tale? https://t.co/qM7zPJq8dt— Jenni Marsh (@jenniCNN) March 11, 2019
Why is the world hellbent on making dystopian fiction real? Handmaid's Tale season 3, live from China: https://t.co/T2oacq0nBq— Vakasha Sachdev (@VakashaS) March 11, 2019
It’s unknown who owns this server at this time. If Gevers has more information, he has not announced it.
Gevers searches out many unsecured databases in his role as a researcher for GDI. He recently found a database owned by a surveillance company. However, it’s protecting the internet that is his focus.
He told The Guardian,
“More than this, we don’t have at the moment. Our primary concern is that it gets secured ASAP.”
Other fields in the database included labels of “political,” “hasvideo,” and strangely enough a link to Facebook profile pictures for some of the women. This is odd as Facebook is blocked in China, so it’s only accessible by VPNs.
At this time, the database has become unreachable. This does not mean it’s necessarily been secured, but could have just been switched off.
Victor Gevers is currently asking for more information to try and identify the database through his Twitter.