A group of suppliers and companies that Apple outsources work to in China have reportedly been found running an underground operation selling Apple computer and iPhone users’ personal information online.
Chinese authorities revealed in a statement on Wednesday that they have arrested 22 suspects involved in criminal activity, 20 of which were employees of an Apple’s “domestic direct sales company and outsourcing company”.
They were charged with infringing on individuals’ privacy and illegally obtaining digital personal information.
Using their links to Apple, the suspects were able to access the company’s internal computer system and gather users’ names, phone numbers, Apple IDs, and other data which they sold to interested parties.
The entire operation was worth more than 50 million yuan ($7.36 million), according to the Wall Street Journal.
Buyers allegedly pay between 10 yuan ($1.50) and 180 yuan ($26.50) for a user’s supposedly private data.
It was not specified, however, if the compromised data was sourced from Chinese or foreign Apple users.