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: now DailyTech needs to follow suit
8/9/2012 2:16:00 PM
I do this stuff for a living. I don't have an infection and my buddy verified it happened to him as well. This is a redirect happening on dailytech (I am not typing anythign wrong. it can happen when I am already on the site and click a link).
I am sure it is not YOU dailytech, but it is an ad you are serving up. I see it all the time on legit websites.
I will try to get more info to you Jason, but I already emailed off to Kristopher Kubicki via the about us page, and I think I sent one to Brandon as well.
RE: now DailyTech needs to follow suit
8/9/2012 2:17:32 PM
Oh and it is not java, because I don't have java installed on my machine. It is likely a flash based app. It redirects to some shady website that tells you that you are infected, then presents you with a screen that is a screenshot of a Microsoft Security Essentials window saying you have an infection. Clicking on it serves you up a setup.exe which of course is a virus. So I have been infected from your site, but that is only because I know better.
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