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[4]: oh, FFS...
by henderson101 on Mon 6th Aug 2012 16:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: oh, FFS..."
henderson101
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He lost all his data because all his machines were Apple and his cloud provider was Apple. He relied on a monoculture, and everything was lost.


No, factually incorrect. He lost all of his data because he linked his devices to the same Apple ID and then allowed remote Wipe. You can associate your iDevices with multiple iCloud accounts (i.e. one per device, and in fact this happens by default.) I did this on my iphone/ipad initially, but to be honest, I ended up buying extra space, so I linked them both to the same account. But my iCloud is linked to my Gmail account and that has 2 step authentication turned on. Your icloud also doesn't have to have anything to do with your iTunes Apple ID, not your developer Apple ID. The problem is more that people like to use the same details and passwords everywhere.

I'm blaming the guy for being stupid enough to have only Apple devices and Apple software. Had he had a Windows laptop, an Android phone, and an iPad, this would have NEVER happened.


Again, bull. This could easily have happened with every other device, if the person configuring services used the same primary email address. As already mentioned, not even Apple forces you to do that.

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