iHacked - Ex-Gizmodo employee suffers a remote wipe out.
If you want to know the worst case scenario for an iCloud user, then this story is for you. Former Gizmodo writer Mat Honan details the nightmarish hijack of his iCloud account on his blog, Emptyage.
A hacker group, "Clan VV3", claimed responsibility for the takeover of Honan's iCloud account and the resulting chaos. Since Honan's .mac email address was a backup for his Gmail account, hackers were able to gain access to his Gmail account and delete all of his Gmail and Google services.
They next remotely wiped out his iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air. Mat Honan could only sit back and watch as his MacBook Air was being remotely erased. (No easy way to remove battery!) His call to Apple Support was futile, since all of his accounts were no longer in his control. Of course, he did NOT have a backup, so he most likely lost everything.
To add insult to injury, the group took over his personal Twitter account and sent out profane and racist tweets. If you think it couldn't get worse, wrong! Since his personal Twitter account was linked to ex-employer Gizmodo, Clan VV3 tweets also started broadcasting from Gizmodo's Twitter account.
With the increasing reliance on the cloud and the lax security employed by average users, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. You do have a backup, right? Your Microsoft account not using password 1234, right?
UPDATE: According to Honan, Apple Tech Support gave password to hackers. Doh!
From his blog:
"I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions."