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Apple faces China crises

by on09 June 2017

Dealers arrested flogging personal data

Chinese authorities have arrested Apple dealers for flogging user data to the highest bidder.

Apparently there is a huge market for the inside trouser measurement of Coldplay listening iPhone users in China and Apple’s dealers thought it was a quick way to make a buck.

Police in China's Zhejiang province have arrested 22 Apple distributors for allegedly selling iPhone user data.

Officials say the workers searched an internal Apple database for sensitive info, such as Apple IDs and phone numbers, and peddled it on the black market for between 10 to 180 yuan with each sale ($1.50 to $26).

It's not clear how many people are affected by the bootleg sales, or how many of the victims live outside of China. It's also uncertain what will happen with the internal database in question in light of the arrests. 

The distributors reportedly raked in $7.36 million, before authorities stepped in and said “hang on a minute”.

The Tame Apple Press has gone out of its way to point out that these were third party distributors and not Apple’s own employees working from one of its cathedrals to consumer capitalism.

Last modified on 09 June 2017
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