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 2:41:39 PM
I can confirm I've had this happen to me. I'm an IT professional and fully aware of what these type of things look like. I keep a fully patched Win7, MSE, and refuse to install java for security reasons. I also don't use adblock.
I was re-directed to a site trying to tell me I was infected, the kind of virus that requires user intervention to install it. You can naviagate away from the page and not get a virus. If it happens again I'll snap a screen shot, but its only happened once. I like DailyTech and this is not an anti-DailyTech thing. Just confirming that kleinma is not out of his mind.
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