Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 11:12 UTC
Apple Mat Honan got hacked, and lost all the data on his MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. How? Somebody broke into his iCloud account. Brute force attack? Simple password? No, not really - the hacker called Apple tech support, and convinced the person on the phone he was really Mat Honan. Apple then reset the iCloud password. The dangers of a monoculture, kids. Even Steve Wozniak has doubts about everything going into the cloud.
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RE: iCloud
by CapEnt on Mon 6th Aug 2012 13:55 UTC in reply to "iCloud"
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

The problem here is not about laziness, to a extent.

It is about to have several distinct services chained around a single authentication account provided by a company that don't properly secure their customer's password.

Mat Honan don't loose only his files in iCloud, but also:
- got his twitter compromised.
- his Google Account deleted (together with his Google Voice phone number, effectively cutting him out from the world).
- all his Apple devices began also forbidding access even to their basic functionality due to their Apple's account password and PIN cross-device sync.
- and the worse of all: all their personal devices from Apple was remotely wiped too using the Apple's anti-theft service.

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