August 10th, 2012
Why can’t I get rid of the nagging feeling that this guy asked the hacker himself to do it, to get a great story into Wired and everywhere? Staged like this, the story is much better than if he simply reported that it was theoretically possible to remote wipe somebody’s iDevices just by abusing Amazon’s and Apple’s flawed password reset routines.
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.
Maybe it’s because of a flood of recent stories where journalist’s ethics were less than questionable?