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: oh, FFS...
by MOS6510 on Mon 6th Aug 2012 12:27 UTC in reply to "oh, FFS..."
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

This time, and a very rare time, this wasn't Thom doing his anti-Apple act.

He reported just the facts and added a general warning.

And it's a very serious warning. We become increasingly depended on stuff that's out of our control and quite literally out of our reach. Too many people can make mistakes that make you the victim. Resetting passwords, cutting wires, wiping hard disks, dropping a server.

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RE[2]: oh, FFS...
by maccouch on Mon 6th Aug 2012 12:51 in reply to "RE: oh, FFS..."
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2012-03-14

then what does the "monoculture" stand for?

regarding the cloud, i agree with you. several physical and cloud backups, fragmented in "silos" if possible/desirable. but like i said below, this is a game we can't win, only stall.

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RE[3]: oh, FFS...
by MOS6510 on Mon 6th Aug 2012 12:59 in reply to "RE[2]: oh, FFS..."
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2011-05-12

He called it "a monoculture", one of several. And he's right in this case, it's easy to have all your Apple devices working together making it very unpleasant if a hacker can gain control of it.

But what a Google password? How many services does Google have? All accessible with one login/password.

More and more apps are using Dropbox for data storage. Lose Dropbox and lose a lot.

Office 365/Skydrive is another example.

Edited 2012-08-06 12:59 UTC

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