Police in east China’s Cangnan county recently arrested 22 people on suspicion of stealing and selling iPhone users’ personal information online, bringing public attention once again to the country’s rampant personal information leaks (in Chinese).

Among the 22 suspects, 20 are employees at Apple’s local direct-sales and outsourcing companies. These people took advantage of Apple’s internal system platform to illegally access iPhone users’ data including their phone numbers, names and Apple IDs. It is reported that they sold each piece of the information for RMB 10 to RMB 180, with the total amount of money involved in the case topping RMB 50 million.

It remains unknown how many Apple users’ personal data have been stolen, and the case is pending further investigation.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.