Hongkong Post has become the latest local entity to suffer a data security breach, with 7,249 registered email addresses exposed.

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Hongkong Post. File photo: Lea Mok/HKFP.

According to a Secretariat Press Office statement on Friday, the incident “involved an unauthorised party making countless attempts, through Hongkong Post’s electronic service function, to test and try to guess the registered email addresses of Hongkong Post’s account holders.”

Transactions, login names and passwords were not revealed, they added. Hongkong Post wrote to all account holders on the same day, called the police and sought advice from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.

Sphero – a Hong Kong manufacturer of programmable robots and educational tools – reportedly suffered an apparent security breach last week but did not inform the privacy watchdog. It declined to comment when approached by HKFP.

Late last month, Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog fell victim to hackers, just two weeks after it emerged that Cyberport tech hub suffered a data leak.

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Tom founded Hong Kong Free Press in 2015 and is the editor-in-chief. In addition to editing, he is responsible for managing the newsroom and company - including fundraising, recruitment and overseeing HKFP's web presence and ethical guidelines.

He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He previously led an NGO advocating for domestic worker rights, and has contributed to the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera and others.