Amazon and Apple have had lots of fights over different things, but there seems to be something they share in common – security flaws. A 19 year old kid that goes by the name ‘Phobia’ and his friend found a simple trick to get into Apple accounts and Amazon accounts. They unintentionally hacked the account of Mat Honan – an editor for Wired.com. I’m not going to explain the hacking method because I don’t promote it, but Mat has written up the method in his article (at the source). Unfortunately for Mat, Phobia’s accomplice had a couple plans of his own and he deleted every picture of Mat’s baby daughter that was on his macbook. Those pictures are irreplaceable and he is devastated. When Mat told Phobia that his accomplice had deleted the baby pictures, Phobia said he was sorry because that was never part of their plan. Phobia said that if he knew his friend was going to do that, he would have stopped him immediately. Mat’s Google account was also hacked meaning that they did the typical hacker thing – send an email to everyone in your contacts. Mat tried the instructions Phobia had told him for a fake account and it worked flawlessly. Teh whole fiasco could have been avoided if he enabled two-step verification for Google accounts.
Note: It’s highly recommended by Google to enable two-step verification, just in case something goes wrong. It could happen to anybody.