50,000 fake iTunes accounts on sale in China
Around 50,000 hacked iTunes accounts are up for sale on TaoBao, the Chinese equivalent of eBay, with victims of credit card fraud fronting the bills for the illegally downloaded content.
With accounts available for as little as 1 yuan (10p) each, wannabe buyers are promised unlimited iTunes downloads for up to 12 hours after purchase before the fraudulent accounts are closed down.
Having recently upped its iTunes security features and warned users to protect their personal data following a number of system attacks, Apple has failed to comment on the tens of thousands of reported iTunes accounts doing the rounds in the east.
First reported by the China’s Global Times newspaper, the auctioneers of the illegally acquired accounts are touting users will be able to “go after anything they like” suggesting “software, games, movies, music and so on” be downloaded.
News of the fraudulent account sales comes on the same day it emerged that just hours after its official launch Apple’s long awaited Mac App Store has been hacked with all paid-for applications able to be downloaded for free via a simple file moving process.