Apple employees busted for customer data scam
Apple employees busted for customer data scam.
Yup, you read correctly!
In the modern age, information is gold. Some people are making millions from the mine that is your personal information.
The scary part is that these ‘miners’ are actually those that are meant to protect it.
Details confirmed by police in Beijing suggest that a ring of 22 Apple employees have been busted for stealing and selling users’ personal data for profits estimated at $7.4 million (50 million Yuan.)
Sensitive data including usernames, phone numbers, and Apple IDs were stolen and sold by employees who had access to Apple’s internal database of users.
As the investigation continues they hope to uncover how long the ring was in operation for and who was buying the data.
At this stage the police have declined to specify whether the data belonged to US, Chinese or other users.
The Apple employees busted will no doubt have to shed some light on the depth of this scam.
Privacy is out in the open
There is no such thing as real privacy, especially with regards to phones and computers.
Everything is data and it can all be found or hacked and taken and sold. If they really want to, they can get it.
We have all experienced it on some level.
Like when you get phone calls from people selling you insurance or new cellphone contracts without you ever giving your information to them.
But in this case the Apple employees busted were working on the inside and that’s scary!!!
In this age of information data theft is becoming a booming industry and as with anything that booms, it hits the black market.
With the growing trend of data theft, China has started implementing tougher restrictions and penalties for such violations.
Recently reporters from the Southern Metropolis Daily in China uncovered another major data-theft ring that focused on criminal and government databases.
The alleged ring bought property ownership information and years of flight and hotel purchases for a specific individual for $100 (700 Chinese Yuan.)
According to the police it is believed that members of the Apple ring were selling data at prices ranging between $1.50 (10 Yuan) and $26.50 (180 Yuan.)
Here’s a slogan their competitors make like to use…
Apple Employees busted, no one can be trusted.