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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 17:56
Over 2,200 police, their families doxxed amid Hong Kong unrest
By Xinhua
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 17:56 By Xinhua

Hong Kong police attend a press briefing in south China's Hong Kong, Aug 26, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

HONG KONG — More than 2,200 police officers and their family members have been doxxed since June as online hate speech became more and more prolific amid recent unrest, according to the Hong Kong Police Force.

A superintendent of the police force said at a press conference that names and identity card numbers of police officers as well as information on their children's schools had been illegally obtained and published online.

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The cyberspace has seen incendiary messages and rumors about killing the officers, while some conducted harassment in real life. In one case, an officer received over 2,000 harassing phone calls after being doxxed, said Swalikh Mohammed, superintendent of Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong police.

Police officers had been under great pressures due to long hours of work, escalating violence from the protestors, cyber-bullying and assaults to their families, according to the police. In response, psychological counselling has been stepped up to cover both the officers and their family members.

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