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The tech writer who was hacked ... seriously hacked...
posted at August 12, 2012 9:16 PM EDT
First: August 12, 2012
Last: November 17, 2012
If you haven't read about it yet, a tech writer was hacked and had several accounts compromised as well as a significant and important part of his digital data erased, possibly forever. The full details are here: "How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking"
Being a software engineer who became a tech writer myself, and as one spends much of his day helping average people stay safe on the internet, the article struck home as an example of how even the people who should know better sometimes don't.
So I wrote an article - the intro of which is below, followed by a link to the rest if you're interested:
What can we learn from Mat Honan?
Start with this article on wired.com: How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking.
It's a tale of a series of account hacks, lax security on both the authors part and by major services – all of whom ought to know better – that led to the compromise of several accounts and ultimately, the irretrievable destruction of precious data (including photos of the author's infant daughter) as well as other documents and email.
And the author was watching it all as it happened and was ultimately nearly powerless to stop it.
It makes for some chilling reading and I strongly recommend that you review it to see how horribly things can go wrong.
I don't want to dwell on what went wrong. Instead, let's focus on some lessons learned, and some of the steps you and I (yes, I've been lax as well) can take to avoid ever experiencing something similar, or at least minimize the risk and potential for damage.
Continue reading: What can we learn from Mat Honan?
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