I've used the login name "fishdan" since 1996 -- I own it about everywhere it's worth having. Because I'm old, my primary usage is via yahoo, but I'm also fishdan@gmail, It's my primary interface to all things google, including my google+ account and the account I sync my android phone with.
Because I'm a good doobie I use 2 Stage verification with this account. This has been a minor pain in the ass, but it always seemed like a good idea, and I'm rarely that far from my phone.
But because it's not my #1 account, I only check the email every other day or so.
Imagine my surprise when I looked at it today and saw the following:
Here's the first one:
Full disclosure -- I don't own an Iphone and I'm not really a consumer of anything in the ITunes Universe. I do have a few AppleIDs, the most critical being professional ones related to being in the IOS developer's program and other professional things like that. That one is linked to my yahoo email address. I don't remember why I created the gmail apple account, but I certainly would not have hesitated to do so. Probably for apps.
So, I'm troubled as soon as I read the email. Someone was able to sign into my iCloud account from an Iphone? I don't have an iCloud account! You can see in the image above that then there was another email saying that my AppleID was used to sign into facetime and iMessage.
And immediately after that, 11 emails like this:
I suppose being charitable, I could assume that someone had perhaps fat fingered their email address and they were email@example.com. Still, 11 requests to reset the password??
As it turns out, that was only for yesterday. Today (starting at about 9 this morning) they made 6 more attempts to verify the email address (which is also in the first photo). Of course I didn't respond to any of them (I hadn't even seen them yet), so my account could not have been verified right? The last attempt to verify was at 9:08am and went unanswered.
And then at 9:28 this gem!
Seriously Apple?!? With no verification, you allowed changes to my account, including the Apple ID, the password and the email address???
So I noticed this a few hours ago. I went to Apple to try to reset my password. Guess what! If there was a reset password email, it was no longer being sent to my gmail account.
I tried to get in touch with apple, but they best they can do it to call me tomorrow morning -- we'll see how it turns out.
I feel confident my gmail account is secure because of two factor authentication. I only use virtual credit card numbers online, all of which I set to expire one month after I use them, so I'm not too worried about there being a credit card number associated with the ITunes account.
What I am really unhappy about however is that whatever WAS in that account -- perhaps some apps -- perhaps photos? Is now apparently gone to someone else.
I did nothing wrong here (and I would argue many things right) and STILL Apple allowed themselves to be socially engineered into giving up an account, even after they were exposed two years ago and deleted all of a guys photos of his kids, his collected works...