Chinese auction site pulls plug on hacked iTunes accounts

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Chinese auction site pulls plug on hacked iTunes accounts

Taobao responds to complaints and media exposure.

Chinese auction site Taobao say it has removed the 50,000 hacked iTunes accounts that were available for as little as 1 yuan (15 cents).

As reported earlier this week, China's internet users were able to buy hacked accounts on Taobao, with the illegal passwords providing access to accounts that could be used to download music, video or apps.

According to Taobao, the decision to remove the dodgy accounts followed complaints from customers, but it also comes only days after the state-sponsored Global Times revealed the scale of the problem.

"We have received reports from customers that some iTunes accounts sold online were stolen from other users," the company said in a statement. "Upon hearing this, we acted immediately to remove all these accounts from our platform."

The site also explained that it was considering adding iTunes accounts to its blacklist of banned products.

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