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    As we continue to upload more and more of our lives to the web, the dangers of being hacked multiply. Our credit card numbers, our home addresses theyre all there for the taking. Thats why so many security experts preach using a complicated password.

    But sometimes, using a strong password isnt enough. Just ask former Gizmodo writer Mat Honan. Mats world was turned upside down this weekend when a hacker gained access to his iCloud account, wiping his Mac, iPhone and iPad, thanks to Apple

    If you follow Mat Honan or Gizmodo on Twitter, you would have seen quite the show Friday night. Hackers gained access to both accounts and started their reign of terror.

    Honan explains how it all went down:

    At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account, reset the password and sent the confirmation message about the reset to the trash. My password was a 7 digit alphanumeric that I didnt use elsewhere. When I set it up, years and years ago, that seemed pretty secure at the time. But its not. Especially given that Ive been using it for, well, years and years.

    The backup email address on my Gmail account is the same .mac email address. At 4:52 PM, they sent a Gmail password recovery email to the .mac account. Two minutes later, an email arrived notifying me that my Google Account password had changed.

    At 5:00 PM, they remote wiped my iPhone. At 5:01 PM, they remote wiped my iPad. At 5:04, they remote wiped my MacBook Air.

    A few minutes after that, they took over my Twitter. Because, a long time ago, I had linked my Twitter to Gizmodos they were then able to gain entry to that as well.
    And because he didnt have any backups, Mat says he lost more than a years worth of photos, emails, and documents. Ouch. And apple said that none of this is recoverable without serious forensics.

    So how did all of this happen? A brute force attack? A key logger? Nope, Apple essentially handed the hackers Mats iCloud password.

    Update three: I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hackera nd Apple. It wasnt password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions.
    Apparently, if someone can convince Apple that they are you, they can gain access to your iCloud account with very little effort. Granted, Mat Honans life is a little bit more public than most peoples (hes also worked for Wired magazine). But this attack still highlights a very real weakness in Apples security.

    In fact, we expect the company to make a statement regarding this situation at some point, if for no other reason then to reassure folks that this wont happen again. Some people store their entire lives on iCloud. And if Apple ever wants to, at some point, become a medium for wireless mobile payments, it needs to feel safer.

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    Wow. That would piss me off so much. Does he have any legal grounds to sue or something?

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    I would blow up all my apple shit and go to verizon and windows. Man, I would be so pissed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastBoy View Post
    I would blow up all my apple shit and go to verizon and windows. Man, I would be so pissed.
    And it's an even bigger deal with his line of work.

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    I'd be pissed if that happened to me. Like you said some people store their whole career in a laptop/Computer and to have it delete is a brutal blow to anyone.

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    Like the prices for apple products wasn't enough.

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    God Damn Apple.

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    Why are you guys all jumping on the Apple bandwagon?

    Clearly you guys can't read that the hacker called Apple Support pretending to be that Gizmodo dude and got the password via 'verification questions'. And this just proves that the dude definitely need better Forgotten Password Verification questions.It's his fault for revealing too much about his private life, which gave the hacker enough info to answer those personal questions.

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    Well, baktair, the only reason that people are mad is because the guy didn't have to answer the security questions. He social engineered the Apple worker a bit and got the information without doing so, which is why it's such a big issue. The guy was dumb for using the same password, but this was partially Apple's fault.

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    This is just... wow.. i'm almost speechless. Although it was mainly the companies fault.
    I would just blend my Apple products.. put it on youtube, get a million views and move on with my life.

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