A sign is posted on the exterior of Twitter headquarters on April 26, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Among the incidents data stolen by Chinese hackers involved a Twitter database. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Researchers on Monday reported that cybercriminals are taking advantage of China’s push to become a leader in big data by extracting legitimate big data sources and selling the stolen data on the Chinese-language dark web. The stolen data ranges from lottery and stock data to commercial databases of Canadian and U.S. businesses.  

In a blog posted by Intel 471, researchers said the scheme involves several different layers of cybercriminals, including hackers and middlemen, the use of insider information, and unwitting victims that result in some serious data exposures.

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