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DannyZ
Gentoo Fanboy
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Erie, PA

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reply to Rocky67

Re: Yes, I was hacked. Hard.

said by Rocky67:

said by Name Game:

I personally don't think they brute forced into iCloud .

I don't believe it either. I think they got in some much easier way. I don't suppose we'll ever find out the real story.

Here's the update from his tumblr:
quote:
Update Three: I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions. Apple has my Macbook and is trying to recover the data. I’m back in all my accounts that I know I was locked out of. Still trying to figure out where else they were.
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Out the 10BaseT, through the modem, down the co-ax, over the fiber, across the backhaul, past the edge router, off the network...nothing but net

tholly911

join:2012-05-30
Pasadena, TX

Now that's a great reply!

You used quotes to build up forum members and the usage of the quotes provided great clarity.

The update itself is valuable information. I am not an Apple and am curious about the Apple tech support being used nefariously. Hopefully more details will be provided ... because as the storyline now rests, I get a sense something is very wrong with that tech support? Here's why:

quote:
Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because I’m a jerk who doesn’t back up data, I’ve lost at more than a year’s worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else.
Is "remote wipe" a reformat hard drive command? I guess when a user allows remote troubleshooting ... they give someone absolutely total control of the computer. Should the "social engineering" trickery be revealed? Which is greater: The benefit of doing so to help prevent others from being suckered; or, the harm caused by teaching the next generation of hackers.

Mat Honan says the hacker is now in contact with him? How bizarre and brazen! What a hoot if the culprit gets caught.


norwegian
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join:2005-02-15
Outback
reply to DannyZ

said by DannyZ:

Here's the update from his tumblr:

quote:
Update Three: I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions. Apple has my Macbook and is trying to recover the data. I’m back in all my accounts that I know I was locked out of. Still trying to figure out where else they were.

Security questions - do you believe that method is good for security of your account, I'm expecting my daughter's account to be hacked before the end of school because of how easy it seems to guess answers if you know the person who's account it is.

Until you see facts, I'm expecting it to be the number 1 doorway.

Anyone laying bets?

--
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke



mackey
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reply to tholly911

+1

I don't know which is worse though, the social engineering of Apple or the recovering of data after a remote wipe

I'm not too surprised the hacker is talking to him. Egos tend to do that. It also wouldn't surprise me to find out he's from a non-extradition-friendly country, so even if they know who it is they still may not be able to do anything.

/M


Mango
What router are you using?
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Mat at least appears to be exponentially more calm than I would be, if someone from my computer manufacturer's tech support allowed a hacker to wipe three of my devices. If I were Apple, I'd be moving mountains to try to get his data back.



DannyZ
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said by Mango:

If I were Apple, I'd be moving mountains to try to get his data back.

Except that if his data is recoverable, it will show that the remote "wipe" available on iDevices is useless.
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Out the 10BaseT, through the modem, down the co-ax, over the fiber, across the backhaul, past the edge router, off the network...nothing but net

Mango
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2 edits

I'm not familiar with the technology, but unless it does something as effective as a DoD-style wipe, it will be as adequate as a simple format.



Name Game
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reply to mackey

This is what Mat's inbox looked like

»www.emptyage.com/post/2871039354···-ipad-ol