A Week of Hacks and Social Engineering

Mat Honan, Senior writer with Wired and Longshot magazine co- founder, had his digital life taken over and destroyed. He tells his full story here. Bottom line, hackers social engineered Apple and Amazon, using the little data from each to get all the info from the other changed. Once they posed as Mat and changed his passwords, they proceeded to wiped out the data on his devices, take over his Twitter account and Google account.

Apple spokesperson is quoted “Apple takes customer privacy seriously and requires multiple forms of verification before resetting an Apple ID password. In this particular case, the customer’s data was compromised by a person who had acquired personal information about the customer. In addition, we found that our own internal policies were not followed completely. We are reviewing all of our processes for resetting account passwords to ensure our customers’ data is protected.”

And if Blizzard Entertainment games, such as Diablo III and World of Warcraft, are games you play, you are going to want to review your account security info as soon as you can.

Blizzard, confirmed a security breach that compromised a large amount of user-account data for Battle.net gamers. Blizzard is warning players and recommending that all Battle.net users change their account passwords.

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