Chinese authorities arrest iPhone data thieves, who made millions selling user data

Chinese authorities arrest iPhone data thieves, who made millions selling user data
User data is probably one of the hottest stocks on the market nowadays, as technology continues to penetrate lives and households around the globe. Gadgets that collect different stats and data about their users come in various forms and shapes, but smartphones are perhaps the most common means for collection of sensitive info these days. Knowing how and why people behave is a precious resource across different spectrums of business.

Apparently the business is running hot in China, as authorities in the province of Zhejiang reportedly arrested 22 suspects in May, who apparently stole and sold user data from an Apple database. Allegedly, they were all third-party Apple distributors and had access to iPhone user data, such as phone numbers and Apple IDs.

With one bit of such information trading at anything between $1.50 and $26, those guys decided to make a buck and sold about $7.3 million worth of data, before the cuffs clicked. It has not been specified how many people have been affected by the suspects and it is not clear whether any users outside of China became victims of the theft.

It is virtually impossible to safeguard for all possible means creative criminals may dip into personal data, given how expansive technology has become. Companies, such as Apple, partner with an unimaginable amount of distributors and supply line personnel, who, at some point or another, may come in contact with sensitive (and pricey) information. The recent bust in China should serve as yet another reminder that even the customers of companies, such as Apple, where security is a top priority, are vulnerable to data theft. It seems like the best protection we can employ today is not a 6- or 8-digit pass code, but our own vigilance.

via Engadget



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 559; Member since: May 02, 2016

Man ..They still think that they are safe.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No one is safe.

3. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I though iOS is very secure as fanboy claimed

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

To be fair, data theft can also occur due to the fault of the user. So, it isn't all about the security of iOS, and the users themselves too can be blamed for security negligence.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iOS users are stupid soooo. But in this case, Chinese users probably open themselves up to be hacked.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

If you are the poster boy for Android, then the intellect of Android users would be worse than a trash can. Thankfully in reality Android / iOS users are fine. You're just full of crap.

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

Got to take care of yourself even if a little bit. Decent password/2FA on almost gurantees you are safe IOS users are quite safe as most of them are on the latest patch. It's about securing your actual account and not getting phished

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Many times Android is spoken of as having some type of hole that can be exploited, but most times never gets exploited. iOS though is a whole different story. So much for, we are so safe because we use No one is safe. Fanboys are just stupid. Notice none have participated in this article. Because they know we will rip them a new @$$hole, because they are all crackheads.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Irony of post detailed: - Mentions Android having exploits, yet tries to make fun of iOS users for the exact same thing. - Says fanboy's are stupid when he's the benchmark of the fanboy. - Says others are on crack when he's notorious for writing words that don't exist and stating beyond ridiculous theories that make Android / Samsung fans wish he didn't exist.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good. I hope they get severe sentences, though most likely they'll be recruited into the Chinese government hacking/espionage division and made to work for them.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6713; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Why give out your apple ID to a third party vendor...or even to an apple genius for that matter? Makes no sense to me.

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