A leading tech writer has revealed how easy it was for hackers to take control of his entire digital life and destroy it within an hour, all this courtesy of Apple and Amazon security lapses, and yes, you could be the next target by hackers. Mat Honan, a writer at Wired got hacked due to basic security questions Apple requires for the Apple ID to be accessed.
In an article on Wired.com, Honan narrates how he spoke to the hacker responsible for the attack. Honan also reveals the hacker who carried out the attack on his digital life tells him how he managed to do it. Honan repeats the same steps used by the hacker to carry out his own mock attack thereby proving security vulnerability of Apple and Amazon.
The hacker was able to delete Honan’s Gmail and Google account, stop his iPhone from working and gain control of his Twitter page. In the article Honan says” It turns out, a billing address and the last four digits of a credit card number are the only two pieces of information anyone needs to get into your iCloud Account. Once supplied, Apple will issue a temporary password, and the password grants access to iCloud”. Honan also narrates how easy it was for the hacker to acquire credit card number from Amazon. Honan’s article is a shocking in every sense and reminds us how easy it is for hackers to get past security of big internet companies. Hacking incidents are on the rise, and the future doesn’t look good.