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Security flaws at Amazon and Apple

submitted on August 8, 2012 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge"
Not sure if you guys are following this but it is a pretty amazing and educational story about how hackers used a series of exploits to gain access and wipe out email and data on Apple devices of a journalist (Mat Honan of Here is an extract from a follow up story that sums up what happened:

Previously, Amazon allowed people to call in and change the email address associated with an Amazon account or add a credit card number to an Amazon account as long as the caller could identify him or herself by name, email address and mailing address — three bits of personal information that are easily found online.


The security gap was used by hackers, one of whom identified himself as a 19-year-old going by the name “Phobia,” to gain access to Honan’s Amazon account on Friday. Once Phobia and another hacker gained access to Honan’s Amazon account, they were able to view the last four digits of a credit card linked to the account.

The hackers then used those four digits to trick Apple customer service into thinking it was dealing with Honan. Apple customer service then gave the hackers a temporary password into Honan’s Apple ID, which the hackers used to wipe his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, and gain access to a number of email accounts as well as his Twitter account.


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