Some users mysteriously locked out of Apple accounts

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It's not yet clear why this has happened.
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Multiple users have reported being locked out of their Apple devices, receiving messages stating that: “Your Apple ID has been locked for security reasons. To unlock it, you must verify your identity.”

There appears to be no pattern to the users receiving the message, in terms of their prior actions. It could be a fault on Apple’s part or, potentially, something more malicious like an attempted brute force attack by hackers.

Apple apologizes after Apple IDs stolen in China

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Apple IDs were used to steal money from accounts.
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Apple has issued an apology after a number of customers in China had their Apple ID stolen and used by thieves to take money from paired mobile payment services.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Apple said that it is, “deeply apologetic about the inconvenience caused to our customers by these phishing scams.” It noted that this incident affected a “small number” of users.

Stolen Apple IDs reportedly used for Chinese mobile payment thefts

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Alipay is one of the mobile payment services where users have reportedly had money taken.
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Hackers in China have used stolen Apple IDs to make off with cash from customers’ Alipay and Tencent accounts, two popular Chinese mobile payments service.

In a post on Weibo, Alipay said that it has contacted Apple to determine the exact details of the breach. It also warned that users who have linked their Apple IDs to mobile payment services should lower their transaction limits. Tencent has also gotten in contact with Apple.

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Apple’s new Data and Privacy website has all the tools you need.
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iOS developers get new tools that let you download and delete iCloud data

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A pop-up in iOS 11.3 gives Apple's commitment to privacy.
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Apple is giving developers new tools that will allow iPhone and iPad users to download and delete any personal information being stored in iCloud.

Developers received word of the new tools today which were created in order to help developers comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation that goes into effect this May. The new laws mean developers will be forced to comply anytime a customer requests to access manage, restrict or delete personal data.

You can soon see (and delete) everything Apple knows about you

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A pop-up in iOS 11.3 gives Apple's commitment to privacy.
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Apple will soon let you download all the information it has stored about you, modify it, or even delete it. The privacy change is required by a new European law, but is also in-line with Apple’s policy to not spy on its customers. This sets it apart from rivals like Google and Facebook.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Why you shouldn’t trust every Apple ID prompt, and more

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Although the popup will look exactly the same, it could be a phishing attempt. It’s incredibly easy for developers to implement popups.
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It’s not uncommon to see a random popup that asks you to “Sign In to iTunes Store” on iOS. They sometimes appear unexpectedly, but they’re usually genuine. There is a chance that the app’s developer is phishing for your Apple ID password. We’ll show you an easy trick to distinguish legit popups from phishing attempts.

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Not all Apple ID prompts are created equal.
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