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 2:23:19 PM
Nope. It is the site (well an ad in the site) It only happens on dailytech, it happens on multiple PCs, and my buddy didn't believe me either and then I got a message from him yesterday "Dailytech finally redirected me to a virus site".
We might not agree on just about everything, but I am 1000% certain here that it is the dailytech site and 99.999% sure it is coming through an ad (since I trust the site in general). I do this stuff for a living, and I have seen just about every virus under the sun, although no one has brought me a flame or stuxnet infected machine yet ;)
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