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Chinese officials uncover massive data theft by local Apple employees

Apple is on-track to open 40 Apple retail stores in China by this October. (Source: TechCrunch)
Apple is on-track to open 40 Apple retail stores in China by this October. (Source: TechCrunch)
An underground identity-theft ring where Apple employees were selling customers' personal data was uncovered in China.

Spokespeople for the Chinese government claim they uncovered an ring of Apple employees illegally selling personal data of costumers. At least 20 Apple employees had sold the users' names, phone numbers, Apple IDs, and other data for around US$7.36 million, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

According to the Chinese government's statement, the investigation netted individuals in Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Fujian provinces. The suspects — all Chinese nationals working in marketing and outsourcing — sold off pieces of data individually for prices between US$1.50 and US$26.50.

During the investigation of the matter, reporters allege they were able to uncover a colleague's flight history, hotel bookings, and real estate for around US$100.

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Douglas Black, 2017-06- 8 (Update: 2017-06- 8)
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