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Topic # 195036 3-Apr-2016 19:15
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I was sitting here reading something when my phone beeped with a SMS notification. From Apple, with an Apple ID Verification Code (two factor authentication is enabled in my account). I only use this for iTunes - and haven't used iTunes in a couple of years now, with Amazon Fire TV, Netflix and Hulu.

 

No, this is not a phishing SMS. There's no link or request to reply. It's just the standard SMS Apple sends for 2FA.

 

So I logged into my account and get a new verification code. Yep, from same SMS number and same wording. I change my password and all is good.

 

Now, this begs the question: to get the SMS sent to your phone the correct email and password must have been entered. How did someone else have that? My iTunes password is unique and long. Never used it anywhere else and a search doesn't show it anywhere.

 

Have you seen any strange activity in your account lately?





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  Reply # 1525323 3-Apr-2016 19:26
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Haven't had any strange activity here.. Couldn't be someone trying to reset your password?



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  Reply # 1525324 3-Apr-2016 19:28
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Do they send the 2FA SMS on password reset request?

 

Also strange because this specific account doesn't use my freitasm@... email address, but a made up word email address.





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  Reply # 1525326 3-Apr-2016 19:34
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Actually don't think they would send on password reset except perhaps if had answered security questions correctly.
I wonder if someone was trying to add your mobile number as a second factor.. Nothing stopping one mobile number being the second factor for several accounts.

When I log in it prompts before sending SMS (and shows the last digits of the phone number) - surely someone would see that and realise they didn't have access to the mobile before sending it? Or maybe it only prompts because I have multiple numbers added



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  Reply # 1525328 3-Apr-2016 19:45
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jnimmo: I wonder if someone was trying to add your mobile number as a second factor.. Nothing stopping one mobile number being the second factor for several accounts.

 

Now this is a possibility, I didn't think of that.





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