How Apple's security flaw wiped a tech journalist's digital existence

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How Apple's security flaw wiped a tech journalist's digital existence - Tech News - IBNLive

Hackers only needed to supply AppleCare representatives with a name, email address, mailing address and the last four digits of a credit card number linked to an AppleID over the phone to get hold of a temporary password.

With that temporary password they were able to gain access to Honan's iCloud account and then they erased his iPhone, iPad and MacBook that also consisted all the photos from the first year-and-a-half of his daughter's life.

Honan's Gmail ID was linked to his Apple @me.com ID and since he didn't have the two-step verification turned on for his Google account, hackers easily reset his Google password. Honan's Twitter ID (as well as his previous employer Gizmodo's) was linked to his Gmail, this led to unauthorised access of both the Twitter accounts.

An important link in the entire chain was Amazon.com. Hackers were able to get access to the last four digits of Honan's credit card number taking advantage of another security flaw in Amazon's process. His email ID was public and a simple web search revealed Honan's mailing address.

Mat Honan is currently trying to restore his digital existence and recover the data. One of the hackers got in touch with Honan and revealed the entire chain of events. Wired reports that Apple and Amazon are currently trying to plug the holes.

But I guess, same thing can happen if you link at other sites too...
 

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About a year back, another journalist put up another article stating Apple wouldn't allow him to access his own account (he had lost access to his primary email ID), and it took him quite some follow up and convincing before he could lay his hands back on his account.
 

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Mathew Honan

at least now he works at wired.

and well... looks like his biggest legacy would be that his entire digital life was hacked and he had no secure backups even though he is a tech journalist.
 

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