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Man punished for posting client data online

A 29-year-old man who posted a local bank's client data on a website to earn credits was punished for his illegal activity, the Pudong District People's Court said today. The man surnamed Hou was fined 5,000 yuan (US$789) by the court. On January 18 and 20, Hou posted two name lists on Baidu, a search engine in China, 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. Hou confessed that he obtained the client data illegally from someone else between March and April of 2010. He was arrested in a hotel in Xintiandi in April and received a lenient sentence after making a voluntary confession, the court said.

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