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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]





"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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