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Both responded to the hack by making changes to how users update account information and reset passwords

After journalist Mat Honan had his accounts hacked earlier this week due to Apple and Amazon's respective security flaws, the two tech giants have changed (or started to change) their policies.

Earlier this week, Honan found that someone had hacked into his Gmail, Twitter, Amazon and Apple iCloud accounts. That someone was a 19-year-old referred to as "Phobia" (along with an unknown accomplice), and they were able to do this through security loopholes in both Apple and Amazon's systems.
Just yesterday, the Wired crew discovered that Amazon had quietly changed its privacy policies in wake of what happened. Users are no longer allowed to add new credit cards or change any other account settings over the phone.

That same day, Wired journalists contacted Apple customer care to see if they could replicate what the hackers did to Honan. As it turns out, Apple has frozen AppleID password resets over the phone. It's not clear if this is a temporary freeze just while Apple figures out a new security policy, or if it's a permanent move.

Events like this are enough to scare those with any significant online presence to take extra precautions with security. As Honan reported in his Wired piece, he likely wouldn’t have been hacked to such disastrous results had he enabled Google’s 2-Step verification for his account.
Facebook offers a similar feature to help lockdown your account.

Sources: Wired [1], [2]

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Power of the media
By rrburton on 8/8/2012 12:27:08 PM , Rating: 4
Would the companies have done anything so quickly if it had been just some joe schmoe like you or I?

RE: Power of the media
By lightfoot on 8/8/2012 12:45:19 PM , Rating: 3
Every company, not just Apple and Amazon, should be reviewing their security policies after this incident. I'm sure that there are far worse offenders out there than either Apple or Amazon.

RE: Power of the media
By Motoman on 8/8/2012 12:50:27 PM , Rating: 2
The question isn't really about the fact the guy was a's about how much publicity it got.

If the hack had gotten no publicity, they wouldn't have cared.

RE: Power of the media
By MadMan007 on 8/8/2012 12:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
IT got a lot of publicity, or more than it would have otherwise, because he was a journalist.

RE: Power of the media
By Motoman on 8/8/2012 12:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nah. It's a good story and just needed to make it's way to the media. Plenty of such stories have gotten all over the media after having happened to average schmucks instead of VIPs or industry insiders.

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