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08-05-2012, 06:31 PM #1
Hackers Reset Former Gizmodo Writer's iCloud Password Via Apple Tech Support
Friday’s Gizmodo breach by a group called Clan W3 is now being blamed on Apple’s iCloud and Apple tech support.
The breach affected former Gizmodo writer Matt Honan’s personal computers and social media accounts, which included access to Gizmodo’s official Twitter account. The hackers were able to access Honan’s iCloud account through some old-fashioned tech support manipulation.
“I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn't password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions. Apple has my Macbook and is trying to recover the data. I'm back in all my accounts that I know I was locked out of. Still trying to figure out where else they were.” — Honan
Moral of the story? Better security questions, better passwords, and less oblivious tech support.
Source: Matt Honan's Tumblr [CNET]
08-05-2012, 06:45 PM #2
Yes, it's funny how everything is more and more tied to your email account,
if a hacker gets in, he can reset your Twitter and facebook account password and gain access to them as well,
so he can upload all sorts of stuff to your social networks.
He can access your Dropbox or other online file storage you might have for your precious files.
And he can wipe all your iDevices.
Pretty nasty if you ask me.
Security questions are a JOKE! Like you are the only one that knows your mother's place of birth, or your fathers name???
Oh my god...
08-05-2012, 06:45 PM #3
Yikes! That is a horrible feeling im sure.
08-05-2012, 06:45 PM #4
Man that sucks:/
08-05-2012, 06:47 PM #5
Ummm this would be a basic virus wouldn't it? No it's not a computer program but all a virus is something that can negatively access your personal stuff I guess it's a human form virus but oh, a lot of people think Apple products can't get viruses.. Haha so naive children.
08-05-2012, 06:49 PM #6
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08-05-2012, 08:06 PM #8
Also NOTHING is completely invulnerable to a virus by this definition. And a virus is actually a hidden program that duplicates itself and negatively effects it.
The fact you chose this article to use as an example of a virus makes you look naive. Customer support is far less of a virus compared to Trojan flashback.
This is a feature of apple products not a virus. Being able to wipe your products is a feature apple intended to have its not a clever program written by hackers.
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08-05-2012, 09:54 PM #11
I agree with your reply to me and that apple isn't highly targeted ATM but you have to give credit to the locked down IOS. If it were not for jailbreaking most people wouldn't be able to get in.
08-05-2012, 10:02 PM #12
Thats why i have 4 emails. All incrementally important.
2 School and work and some online shopping
3 Personal and more online shopping
4 Anything thats probably spam
All different passwords that have never been written (or typed) that i will never forget
And of course good security questions and answers
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08-05-2012, 10:05 PM #13
the vulnerability here wasn't in Apple's OS, folks.
the "hacker" exploited the Genius Bar to get in.
This particular problem shows up when you trust "geniuses" with your personal stuff.
(not even Steve Jobs)
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08-05-2012, 11:16 PM #16
LOL..thats why i make a copy of my Passwords...& my security questions are usually tuff anyway and i have to reset them because I forget from time to time. But..it just goes to show you people need something constructive to Do besides hacking peoples account's because they have nothing better to Do.
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