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|US journalist suffers hack attack via Apple iCloud|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 02:46|
I never liked iCloud ... now I'm right in believing that this Cloud business, for storing ALL your personal data ... REALLY sucks!
"A US tech journalist was cut off from his entire digital life by attackers who tricked Apple support into re-setting his iCloud account.
The attack wiped Mat Honan's iPad, iPhone and Macbook and let hackers into his Gmail and Twitter accounts. Mr Honan is recovering his data and regaining control of the accounts with the help of Apple and Google. Commentators said the attack showed up the risk of using cloud-based messaging services.
... Mr Honan has been able to find out exactly what happened because one of his attackers, a member of a hacking group called Clan Vv3, got in touch and told him how they did it.
The hackers called Apple technical support and used "social engineering" techniques to convince staff that they were Mr Honan and that the account needed to be re-set.
Via Gizmodo, Mr Honan has been in touch with contacts at Apple, Google and Twitter who have helped restore access to his accounts. He said Apple was investigating the incident to see how to prevent future attacks."