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Hacked iTunes accounts on Chinese auction site

As many as 50,000 illegally obtained iTunes accounts were sold on Taobao, China's biggest consumer auction site, according to a Beijing-based newspaper.

Tens of thousands of reportedly hacked iTunes accounts have been found on Chinese auction site Taobao, but the company claims it is unable to take action unless there are direct complaints, according to news reports.

The Global Times reported last week that as many as 50,000 illegally obtained iTunes accounts were sold on China's biggest consumer auction site. The Beijing-based newspaper also interviewed a seller who admitted the accounts were hacked but did not reveal how they were obtained.

Taobao, however, said that to protect its users, it would not be taking action until it has received a formal request. In a statement carried by BBC, the company said: "We take all reasonable and necessary measures to protect the rights of consumers who use Taobao, of our sellers and of third-parties. Until we receive a valid takedown request, we cannot take action."

Read more of "Chinese auction site touts hacked iTunes accounts" at ZDNet Asia.