Can hackers change the location of my sign in to allow them to access iCloud from my stolen phone?

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My phone was stolen in Barcelona. It is in lost mode and the stolen phone sometimes appears on find my iPhone as 'iPhone has been found'. I then log on to check the location but this time the two factor identification said 'someone is requesting a sign in into your account in Barcelona'. Could the thieves be getting me to sign in and somehow therefore gaining access on my stolen phone?


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iphone 7
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If you’ve lost your phone, you should more concerned about what you’re going to do about it, rather than what someone else can do with it. I’m assuming you had already registered it with an account on the iCloud website and set it up to be tracked. Take one of the following steps:

1) Attempt to track the phone — if you’re ready to invest in that operation.
2) Login to the iCloud website and erase your phone; then buy a new phone.
3) Forget about the lost phone and buy a new one.
Option 2 would be the best. Also, make sure you change your iCloud account password, from a secure system. For assistance with erasing the phone, you can get the details either on the iCloud site, or else use this link:
https://www.howtogeek.com/192844/how-to-track-disable-and-wipe-a-lost-iphone-ipad-or-mac/

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, it is possible, don't sign in either they can access your personal folders/ files, even try to hack your accounts. Better contact local administrator/ law & order and ask for help.
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  • tongeo
    I phoned Apple and the technical support guy was very condescending he told me that because every time I try to sign into iCloud it showed the Barcelona location (not Pamplona where i live), it could only be me who was signing in. So I clicked allow access. I haven't seen an update on the iPhone 7s location since. It is still in lost mode but could they have reset the phone?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If they got password (hopefully no, because iPhone has a very strong security and breaking password is also very hard) they can reset the phone. It is better to keep in touch with iPhone representative and do whatever s/he suggested. But you must lodge a complain to your local administration department with valid papers (iPhone related) for future safety.
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  • ToddN2000
    It may be possible. It could be a case where did you lose your phone or was it stolen? With today's technology a thief may have observed you in a local spot,or using free public wi-Fi and recorded you actions. When they stole your phone the had the login credentials. That is one of the dangers of public Wi-Fi.
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  • tongeo
    The phone was located again today in Barcelona. I've changed the password to iCloud and it is still in lost mode. I see no reason to erase the phone given the lost mode encryption on iPhone 7+ being extremely good. I also already am using my old iPhone so now its just s waiting game to see if the police in Barcelona are willing to retrieve my 800€ phone.
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  • ToddN2000
    It's tough when you lose an expensive phone to just say walk away and forget it. It may also be discouraging if the Police do not think this is a crime worth pursuing. That is partially why after 35 years in the IT field I still do not own a smart phone. I have a flip phone that is about 5 years old. I've never sent a text or pic and am lucky if I make 20 calls a year. The phone is basically for emergencies, or placing a take-out order for food if I'm stuck in traffic. The bonus is my plan cost about $16 a month and I pay .15 a min for calls. I hope you can recover your phone, that more expensive than a laptop computer.
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