Most people try to be very sneaky with the way they steal and sell stolen identities or account information. But these hackers decided to sell global iTunes accounts on one of the most popular Asian websites in existence.
The site is Taobao.com, and it's the Chinese version of Amazon, the largestonline store in the country with more than 370 million users.
One of the more curious items for sale on Taobao were Chinese iTunes accounts. Nothing is expected to be suspicious at first, because the point of the sale is to get an account that lets users buy iTunes tracks at Chinese prices. Over there, song downloads only cost about a half a yuan, or about eight cents.
However, after reports of people's iTunes accounts being hacked, it was discovered that these accounts weren't exactly being sold on the up and up. So, in fact, those who purchased an account could get as many songs as they wanted without paying a dime. It was all being charged to the account holder.
All iTunes account sales on Taobao are now taken down and banned from being relisted. In a statement, the online site said it is looking out for the protection of its customers.
Mark Raby Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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