Taobao Pulls Hacked iTunes Accounts From Site

Chinese online store Taobao has pulled over 50,000 illegal iTunes accounts auctioned on its site, the company announced on Monday.

The announcement follows an investigation by China’s Global Times, which discovered last week that the accounts were being sold on the site for as little as 1 yuan (10p).

When first notified, Taobao hid behind its on-site disclaimer, which maintains that the company is not liable for items sold through it, nor can it vouch for their authenticity, accuracy or legitimacy.

The company also insisted that it couldn’t remove the ads without first receiving a formal request to do so.

Apparently such a request has now been made.

"We have recently received reports from customers that some iTunes accounts sold online were stolen from other users. Upon hearing this, we acted immediately to remove all these accounts from our platform," the company said in a statement on its site.

"We are also currently in communication with Apple and are considering adding these illegal items to Taobao's blacklist of banned products," the company added.