Hacked iTunes accounts for sale on auction site

You can now buy yourself a hacked iTunes user account from Chinese auction site Taobao, should you feel the need.

Around 50,000 hacked accounts, giving illegal access to users' credit card details and downloads, are available to purchase at prices ranging from 1 (10p) to 200 yuan (£20), China’s Global Times reports. The paper says thousands of accounts have been sold through the site over the past few months,

Buyers are promised the chance to download up to seven times the amount they pay foran account in music and videos from Apple’s on-line shop, with the only restriction being that all downloads should be completed within 24 hours of purchase - before they get rumbled presumably.

Taobao’s disclaimers say that the company is not liable for items sold through the site, nor can it vouch for their authenticity, accuracy or legitimacy.

A Taobao spokesperson told AFP that the company takes all “reasonable and necessary” precautions to protect customers’ rights.

He claimed the company could not remove the ads unless it received a formal request to do so - something Taobao claims it is yet to receive.

"At this time, we have not received any information from Apple or any other principal related to the iTunes accounts indicating that these products either violate our listing rules or infringe on the IP of others," the company said.