New Tech Observer

New Tech Observer


Wired News Reporter's Accounts Hacked

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Mat Honan, a reporter for Wired News, had his Apple accounts (and subsequently his other accounts) taken over by a hacker yesterday. Mat offers a full description of exactly what happened and what he could have done to lessen the impact on his blog. The upshot is, the hacker used social engineering to get Apple to give him Honan's password. There really isn't anything you can do to stop that.

Honan's problem got worse because all of his accounts are interconnected - his Google, Apple, voicemail, Twitter, etc. all share credentials, allowing the hacker to use one account to compromise many. Honan offers a detailed description on what he would have done differently. This is a great reminder to do some house cleaning of our own accounts.