How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

Don’t let this hack happen to you! 

Meet Mat Honan. He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired. Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

2 thoughts on “How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

  1. Yikes!

    Thank you so much for giving us a heads-up on this. I am going to revisit / upgrade our family Internet security policies.

    BTW, that would be a very interesting blog post for you to make: Steve’s security policies. …on second thought, it might give away too many methods that could be used to (cyber)attack you.

  2. …it might give away too many methods

    Indeed. For all of us a rethinking is a good idea. The Honan hack would not have been prevented by 1Password good practice. I truly wish RSA dongles were an option offered by all our sites. The only place I can use ours is Paypal. Google’s 2-factor is a good idea in theory, but in practice it is impractical for us.

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