Hacked and Digitally Destroyed

Journalist Mat Honan recounts his experience of being hacked and having his systems wiped out.

“In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.”

Honan had his Twitter, Gmail, and Apple accounts taken over by his attackers. The hackers posted obscenities on the Twitter feed, searched his Gmail account to obtain other passwords and details about his life and most drastically, used the Apple login to trigger remote wipes of his iPad, MacBook and iPhone. All of which happened a minute after obtaining his first password. Some online commentators were quick to blame Honan for his lack of security but really we should all be working together to ensure that such personal hacks are made impossible to carry out.

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