Apple, Amazon Change Security Policies After Hack Attack on Journalist
August 8, 2012 12:00 PM
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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
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,
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
piece, he likely wouldn’t have been hacked to such disastrous results had he enabled
Google’s 2-Step verification
for his account.
offers a similar feature
to help lockdown your account.
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RE: Power of the media
8/8/2012 12:45:19 PM
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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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