Yesterday Apple unexpectedly issued an official apology to its 1.33 billion customers in China who have been hacked into their Apple ID accounts that are not protected by two-factor authentication.
About a week ago, it was discovered that hacked and stolen Apple IDs were being used to steal money through local payment services Alipay and WeChat Pay.
Apple did not indicate exactly how many users were hacked or how much money was stolen. None of the hacked accounts were protected by two-factor authentication.
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Yesterday Apple I wrote that the accounts of a number of users were hacked. “We deeply apologize for the inconvenience our customers have suffered due to the scammers,” the official apology said.
The scammers acted by sending emails from real contacts with links, following which the user provided access to their data Apple ID.
This proves once again how important two-factor authentication Apple ID is. If your Apple ID gets hacked, fraudsters will gain access to your purchases, photos, messages, iTunes data, money cards and more. That is why it is important to use all possible security measures. We also advise you to beware of questionable links.