You may have heard that on Friday, Gizmondo had their Twitter account hacked as a result of one of their former writers getting their account hacked.
That former writer, is now the Wired writer, Mat Honan how had a pretty unfortunate series of events when it come to his accounts getting hacked:
“At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account, reset the password and sent the confirmation message about the reset to the trash. My password was a 7 digit alphanumeric that I didn’t use elsewhere.
The backup email address on my Gmail account is that same .mac email address. At 4:52 PM, they sent a Gmail password recovery email to the .mac account. Two minutes later, an email arrived notifying me that my Google Account password had changed.
At 5:00 PM, they remote wiped my iPhone
At 5:01 PM, they remote wiped my iPad
At 5:05, they remote wiped my MacBook Air.
A few minutes after that, they took over my Twitter. Because, a long time ago, I had linked my Twitter to Gizmodo’s they were then able to gain entry to that as well.”
The interesting part is how the hackers actually managed to gain access to his accounts, you’ll probably guess it was some type of guess, software or keylogger.
Well it wasn’t, it was actually the fault of Apple’s iCloud Support, who after being convinced that the hacker was in fact Honan they changed his iCloud password and gave the hackers full access, after which they where able to perform remote wipes of Honan’s devices and reset the password to his Gmail, and then finally reset the password to his Twitter where they were able to hack Gizmondo’s account.
I’ve gotta say, that defiantly makes you think about how secure your account truly is, and that maybe it’s time for two-step verification access across all platforms.