50,000 hacked iTunes accounts for sale in China

By on January 6, 2011, 2:51 PM
50,000 hacked iTunes user accounts are for sale on China's largest online auction site Taobao (think eBay), providing illegal access to credit card details for music and TV downloads on Apple's iTunes Store. Several shops were selling iTunes accounts priced anywhere from 1 to 200 yuan ($0.15 to $30.18), promising downloads of songs, games, movies, and other products worth $30, according to BBC.

Thousands of accounts have already been sold over the past several months. The sold accounts are either hacked foreign iTunes accounts with credit card numbers on file, or new ones created with details of stolen overseas credit cards. Those who bought hacked accounts were encouraged to use them for only 24 hours, presumably as their real owners would catch on to the fraud and cancel their credit cards.

Taobao says it bears no legal liability for the items sold, it does not have to vouch for their authenticity, and it is not required to remove the listings until it receives direct complaints about the sales. "We take all reasonable and necessary measures to protect the rights of consumers who use Taobao, of our sellers and of third-parties," a Taobao spokesperson said in a statement. "Until we receive a valid takedown request, we cannot take action. At this time, we have not received any information from Apple or any other principal related to the iTunes accounts indicating that these products either violate our listing rules or infringe on the IP of others."





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princeton princeton said:

And this is why you don't make your password abc123.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

And this is why you don't make your password abc123.

How the hell did you guess my password!?

Leeky Leeky said:

And this is why you don't make your password abc123.

I always find abcd1234 to be so much better!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I always thought the best password was "password." :p

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

12345 is my favorite password, same as my luggage... OH NO! =p

Leeky Leeky said:

Your mis-informed, the best password is by far 12345, but trustno1 comes very close due to being so "ironic".

bakape said:

Do you think "qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm" is a strong password?

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Do you think "qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm" is a strong password?

Ahh..That nearly caught me out!...That aint bad to be honest, unless someone has a brainwave

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Wait a second...Taobao won't take anything down knowing that those are hacked accounts? Can't they technically have charges brought against them for knowingly allowing the selling of hacked accounts? Although, I don't know the rules for when something like this takes place in a different country. So I'm not sure what legal action can be done.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

It's China - the counterfeit capital of the world. An "entrepreneur" can do anything they want (except speaking badly of the government) with complete immunity.

Emin3nce said:

Well said Tom. Well said.

Cota Cota said:

And all those accounts were from people that are noobs and downloaded porn.exe

Guest said:

Apple isn't going to file a complaint. They want to do business in China.

Guest said:

In China, you can do whatever you want, but if your actions raise any eyebrows from the government, you'll disappear from the face of this earth.

Do you think "qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm" is a strong password?

I can think of a short macro cracking down series of letters, numbers, symbols, etc of any length of passphrase. If it's just letters, within seconds, if numbers, even less. But with letters consecutively with numbers and symbols takes minutes and hours.....

bakape said:

Guest said:

In China, you can do whatever you want, but if your actions raise any eyebrows from the government, you'll disappear from the face of this earth.

Do you think "qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm" is a strong password?

I can think of a short macro cracking down series of letters, numbers, symbols, etc of any length of passphrase. If it's just letters, within seconds, if numbers, even less. But with letters consecutively with numbers and symbols takes minutes and hours.....

Hehe Obviously running a finger over a qwerty keyboard requires advanced macros to crack.

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