Extract form this amazing article on Wired.com. This is an amazing read – it’s 4 pages long but it’ll worth the effort. It is extremely shocking to see that this can actually happen and that there are people who spend hours of their time trying to screw you over. Watch out! You’re life is no longer as safe as watching over the shoulder 🙂
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.
I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook. Because I wasn’t doing that, if all the photos from the first year and a half of my daughter’s life are ultimately lost, I will have only myself to blame. I shouldn’t have daisy-chained two such vital accounts — my Google and my iCloud account — together. I shouldn’t have used the same e-mail prefix across multiple accounts. And I should have had a recovery address that’s only used for recovery without being tied to core services.
I asked Phobia why he did this to me. His answer wasn’t satisfying. He says he likes to publicize security exploits, so companies will fix them. He says it’s the same reason he told me how it was done. He claims his partner in the attack was the person who wiped my MacBook. Phobia expressed remorse for this, and says he would have stopped it had he known.
Thanks Wired for an amazing article 🙂