The Wall Street Journal‘s Nicole Nguyen and Joanna Stern on Wednesday published a report highlighting how thieves can use Apple’s optional recovery key security option to permanently lock out iPhone users from their Apple ID account.

As the journalists first revealed in February, there have been increasing instances of thieves spying on an iPhone user’s passcode in public and then stealing the device in order to gain widespread access to the device and its contents, including financial apps. All of the victims interviewed in the initial report said their iPhones were stolen while they were out socializing at bars and other public places at night.

For much more detail, read the full story at MacRumors: