reply to DannyZ
Re: Yes, I was hacked. Hard. 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: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.
Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because Im a jerk who doesnt back up data, Ive lost at more than a years worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else.
Mat Honan says the hacker is now in contact with him? How bizarre and brazen! What a hoot if the culprit gets caught.
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.
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.
said by Mango:Except that if his data is recoverable, it will show that the remote "wipe" available on iDevices is useless.
If I were Apple, I'd be moving mountains to try to get his data back.
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
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.
North Myrtle Beach, SC
reply to mackey
This is what Mat's inbox looked like