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Apple granted a stranger access to one man’s iCloud account because that stranger knew a few simple details about the account holder. The stranger didn’t even need to answer security questions to uncover all the data he had on the cloud.
Hackers obliterated the entire digital life of Wired’s Mat Honan by exploiting gaping holes in the security of Apple and Amazon. Amazon tech support gave hackers access to the last four digits of Honan’s credit card number. In order to access someone’s AppleID, all you need – as confirmed by Apple tech support – are his or her e-mail address, billing address and the last four digits of the credit card on file-the Michael Kors Outlet Bags exact same digits the hackers got from Amazon. The hackers deleted all the information from his iPad,Michael Kors Online Store, iPhone and MacBook.
Technologically savvy Honan admitted his own mistakes in a detailed account of the hacking. For one, he shouldn’t have daisy-chained all of his accounts. ”Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account,michael kors wallets on sale, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter,” he explained.
He also should have periodically backed up his online data on a computer Michael Kors Outlet Canada or external hard-drive, which would have prevented hackers from erasing over a year’s worth of documents, emails and – most importantly – all the existent photos of his young daughter. The entire data wipeout transpired within 15 minutes, reports Know Weekly.
The hackers, Honan later discovered, didn’t have anything against him. They just wanted Honan’s Twitter handle. When they got it, they tweeted racist and homophobic messages. The hackers only wanted to embarrass Honan and anger his Twitter following. Honan is lucky because they could have accessed his online banking.
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One Michael Kors Bags Outlet of the hackers messaged Honan his newly-created twitter account, later identifying himself a 19-year-old with the moniker Phobia. They started talking on Aim and email. ”You honestly can get into any email associated with apple,” Phobia told Mat Honan Michael Kors Canada Outlet in an email.
After Phobia explained their technique to Honan, Wired successfully broke into two different accounts within minutes, verifying the ease with which the hackers penetrated his online world.
Amazon changed its privacy policies on Tuesday, reports Wired. People can no longer change email addresses associated with the account or add credit cards to it, via telephone.
Nevertheless, Honan also noted that people can access your AppleID without ever going through Amazon. For instance, every time you order a pizza online, you provide your e-mail address, billing address and the last four digits of the credit card number.
Connecting our various accounts through the cloud affords great conveniences, but this progress is tempered with new responsibilities to enact stricter security measures, such as Google’s two-step authentication. Honan’s misfortune serves as a cautionary tale for the rest of us.