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(The Week)   A detailed guide of the cyber attack on Wired tech writer Mat Honan and what you can do to protect yourself from hackers   (theweek.com) divider line 84
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2012-08-08 02:46:32 PM
Not having a Mac and iPhone/iPad, for one. And failing those, not having "Find my Phone" or "Find my Mac" turned on.
 
2012-08-08 03:04:47 PM
1) Don't be a writer for Wired.
 
2012-08-08 03:33:24 PM
I went to Google and immediately set up the 2-step verification! And Amazon - GET BETTER SECURITY! I don't care about Apple and Twitter, don't use them.
 
2012-08-08 04:38:48 PM
Step 1) Turn on two-factor authentication to Gmail
Step 2) Turn off "Find my Mac"

/already had step 1 turned on
//never had step 2 turned on
 
2012-08-08 04:39:18 PM
1) Don't put your life in the "cloud" (or whatever buzzword they use for it next week).
 
2012-08-08 04:43:13 PM
All he lost was digital photos? He should be happy he still has a credit rating.

I read Mitnick's biography of his times at the world's most dangerous hacker. Social engineering is all you need, really.
 
2012-08-08 04:52:25 PM

Walker: I went to Google and immediately set up the 2-step verification! And Amazon - GET BETTER SECURITY! I don't care about Apple and Twitter, don't use them.


To be fair, any cashier who ran this guy's credit card would have had more info than Amazon gave out. Yes, it seems sketchy for them to give out anything, but the last 4 of a credit card isn't really considered secret info.
 
2012-08-08 04:55:12 PM
The biggest security flaw that they took advantage of was Joanie at Amazon customer service, who I expect was painting her nails at the same time she was giving access to a middle-aged man's credit card details to a teenager over the phone.

/I hadn't realised how much of a liability one's WHOIS details could be.
 
2012-08-08 05:05:57 PM
Stay offline.
 
2012-08-08 05:05:57 PM

theorellior: All he lost was digital photos? He should be happy he still has a credit rating.

I read Mitnick's biography of his times at the world's most dangerous hacker. Social engineering is all you need, really.


His reputation has to be damaged. He's a 'tech' writer that used an insecure password and daisy-chained all his accounts together while not making a decent back up in over a year? Why the hell I'm going to listen to this guy now?
 
2012-08-08 05:06:56 PM

Do the needful: Stay offline.


Agree, I never use the internet. Never have, never will.
 
2012-08-08 05:15:49 PM

NutznGum: His reputation has to be damaged. He's a 'tech' writer that used an insecure password and daisy-chained all his accounts together while not making a decent back up in over a year? Why the hell I'm going to listen to this guy now?


At least he can still use his credit cards and rent cars while he's looking for a new job.
 
2012-08-08 05:19:51 PM

theorellior: NutznGum: His reputation has to be damaged. He's a 'tech' writer that used an insecure password and daisy-chained all his accounts together while not making a decent back up in over a year? Why the hell I'm going to listen to this guy now?

At least he can still use his credit cards and rent cars while he's looking for a new job.


Maybe his new career as 'cautionary tale' will pan out.
 
2012-08-08 05:20:25 PM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-08 05:23:40 PM

NutznGum: Maybe his new career as 'cautionary tale' will pan out.


It might, Lindsay Lohan isn't living in the streets yet.
 
2012-08-08 05:29:15 PM
I turned on two-factor authentication for my google account yesterday. Figured that since I bothered to use an authenticator phone app for blizzard games, it made even more sense to use one for something actually important.
 
2012-08-08 05:36:23 PM
Uhhh

1) Pretend it's 1998, buy an external hard drive and back up your data?
 
2012-08-08 05:52:03 PM
Having read the whole thing, seems to me the big glaring security hole was the apple account. The last 4 of the card number is on everything. Some receipts even have the name in addition to the last 4 of the card number.
 
2012-08-08 05:59:26 PM

acaciaavenue: Uhhh

1) Pretend it's 1998, buy an external hard drive and back up your data?


He's a Mac user, too, which makes it all the more stupid. Apple makes it childishly simple to do auto backups with Time Machine. Even backups across a network aren't hard to set up if you have an Airport Extreme or a Time Capsule.
 
2012-08-08 06:17:52 PM

Mad_Radhu: acaciaavenue: Uhhh

1) Pretend it's 1998, buy an external hard drive and back up your data?

He's a Mac user, too, which makes it all the more stupid. Apple makes it childishly simple to do auto backups with Time Machine. Even backups across a network aren't hard to set up if you have an Airport Extreme or a Time Capsule.


Hell, it's one of the main reasons I use a Macbook Pro. Time Machine is, in my opinion, the best consumer level backup software and it's included with the OS.

/local backups to a hard drive
//Cloud backups to Crash Plan
 
2012-08-08 06:30:01 PM
Best way to do backups: Two on-site, over a couple different USB harddrives or a NAS done weekly, another off-site (kept in your locker or desk at work in case of a fire or flood, renewed monthly), and one in the cloud, done rarely (and if you do this one, watch what you're backing up! It can become compromised, or kill your data caps.)

I'm just not big on cloud storage, though... Even backing up my photos and videos I made would kill half my bandwidth for the month, and getting it back would be a biatch since it would kill another half of a month's bandwidth should the on-site and off-site backups fail. Using cloud storage is nice for the sharing of large files, though. I dig my Skydrive.
 
2012-08-08 06:31:04 PM
correct horse battery staple
 
2012-08-08 06:54:08 PM

Saul Goodman: correct horse battery staple


I have the same combination on my luggage!
 
2012-08-08 07:04:42 PM

Flint Ironstag: Saul Goodman: correct horse battery staple

I have the same combination on my luggage!


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All hail the Skroob.
 
2012-08-08 07:19:02 PM
Lol why would you own a device that can be taken over so easily? Oh right... AAAAAPPPPLLLLLEEEE!!!!! Must be a Zombie to shiatty hispter advertising and products that are in reality not that great.
 
2012-08-08 07:25:54 PM
www.pclaunches.com

"I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook"

No shiat, Sherlock.
If you pay 3K+ for a MacBook spend the extra $100 and buy an external HDD.
 
2012-08-08 07:29:38 PM
No hacking or cyber attacking(lol) in sight. All I see is some social engineering.
 
2012-08-08 07:38:29 PM

Pick13: [www.pclaunches.com image 450x400]

"I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook"

No shiat, Sherlock.
If you pay 3K+ for a MacBook spend the extra $100 and buy an external HDD.


And unplug it when not making backups.
 
2012-08-08 07:46:31 PM
A Linux or Windows based home server
 
2012-08-08 07:52:31 PM
Had no idea the two-step thing existed. Just set it up for my phone.
 
2012-08-08 07:57:37 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: 1) Don't be a writer for Wired.


Pretty much this. What has this reporter done to investigate ID theft and problems people run into every day? Nothing. Its only news because it happened to him. And it was a complete idiot for not having backups.

/works and lives in the real world - deals with this stuff all the time for the company i work for
 
2012-08-08 08:01:22 PM

fang06554: Having read the whole thing, seems to me the big glaring security hole was the apple account. The last 4 of the card number is on everything. Some receipts even have the name in addition to the last 4 of the card number.


There were multiple failures here. But I would put Amazons process as the number one failure here. I was stunned they allowed someone to do that over the phone.
 
2012-08-08 08:05:04 PM

theorellior: All he lost was digital photos?


Of his daughter's first year. You're not a parent, I'm guessing.
 
2012-08-08 08:05:09 PM
So, to prevent Apple from spewing your personal data and ownership of your files to some random jackass, you should enable two factor authentication to google.

Duly noted. Google is the security gateway to apple.
 
2012-08-08 08:13:03 PM
I still am trying to wrap my head around the stupidity of a tech writer to not have important data and pictures backed up to something other then the 'cloud'.
What a moran.
 
2012-08-08 08:15:39 PM

Pick13: [www.pclaunches.com image 450x400]

"I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook"

No shiat, Sherlock.
If you pay 3K+ for a MacBook spend the extra $100 and buy an external HDD.


I have that exact Western Digital external drive. It even came with automatic backup software, though it might be advisable to have it not connected all the time in case of remote wipes.
 
2012-08-08 08:16:36 PM
Headline: ...and what you can do to protect yourself from hackers

Reality: These weren't elite hackers using advanced techniques to break into an account, says Paul Wagenseil at Laptop Magazine. The attacker "simply placed a call to Apple tech support and convinced Apple to give him control of Honan's Apple account."

And there ya go. No amount of security is really worth a damn when there are still human idiots involved in the process, human idiots which can be tricked into giving out more than they should.

Social engineering is not hacking, but it'll do.
 
2012-08-08 08:17:13 PM

Flint Ironstag: Pick13: [www.pclaunches.com image 450x400]

"I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook"

No shiat, Sherlock.
If you pay 3K+ for a MacBook spend the extra $100 and buy an external HDD.

I have that exact Western Digital external drive. It even came with automatic backup software, though it might be advisable to have it not connected all the time in case of remote wipes.


If you're using any OS X machine, however, Time Machine is just about the slickest no-fuss backup system I've used for a non-server system.
 
2012-08-08 08:17:48 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I still am trying to wrap my head around the stupidity of a tech writer to not have important data and pictures backed up to something other then the 'cloud'.
What a moran.


It's not like there haven't been well reported cloud failures that he should have known about. Even just a temporary outage can be a disaster if you need a document or file for work and need it now.
 
2012-08-08 08:35:13 PM
The failure here is that he bought a Mac and immediately had himself convinced he was a techie who knew something.

/runs a rack server in his crawlspace where he hosts his own email
//Fark "the cloud", for reasons exactly like this
 
2012-08-08 08:40:06 PM
Oh no, did they hack his 3D printer to print out self-powered anal rape dildos?
 
2012-08-08 08:45:17 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Oh no, did they hack his 3D printer to print out self-powered anal rape dildos?


They should have. He deserved it for trusting Steve Job's Magical Delusions of Grandeur Box.
 
2012-08-08 08:46:38 PM
Just turned on two-step verification for Google. Guess I disabled previously or didn't know. Love the additional security on my bank account, and I have unlimited messaging so doesn't matter.
 
2012-08-08 08:54:15 PM

StopLurkListen: theorellior: All he lost was digital photos?

Of his daughter's first year. You're not a parent, I'm guessing.


Obviously the pictures weren't that important anyway.
 
2012-08-08 08:55:05 PM

acaciaavenue: Uhhh

1) Pretend it's 1998, buy an external hard drive and back up your data?


God, that's so 1998. Like I want my friends to see that thing sitting on my desk. I might even have to plug a wire into something, which is like something the Amish would do, and would totally ruin the smooth lines of my iGadgets.

StopLurkListen:
theorellior: All he lost was digital photos?

Of his daughter's first year. You're not a parent, I'm guessing.


As my wife said "hey at least he still has the child". Priorities. People have lost a lot more precious memories in house fires and amazingly, they soldiered on. He's still an idiot for not having a local hard backup.
 
2012-08-08 08:57:27 PM
May it happen, and more, to every douchebag wannabe hipster who wears stupid glasses.
 
2012-08-08 09:04:35 PM

ThatDarkFellow: [i50.tinypic.com image 742x742]


Someone should clue that guy into the modern inventions of comb, razor and iron.

Or are those just more clutter in Mom's basement?
 
2012-08-08 09:14:07 PM

HeWhoHasNoName: /runs a rack server in his crawlspace where he hosts his own email
//Fark "the cloud", for reasons exactly like this


That's the same reason I've declared my house a sovereign nation and shoot kids who get on my lawn.
 
2012-08-08 09:36:47 PM
Suspiciously absent from the list: Not being a dunce.
 
2012-08-08 09:40:40 PM
libranoelrose: And unplug it when not making backups.

I'm about to move to a new backup solution (I need more space), but this is what I do currently.

1) My desktop has a 500GB raid mirror (where the important stuff goes.

2) I have an external 1.5 TB drive that I put three 500GB partitions on.

3) Whenever I make major changes to files (EX, dumping RAW images from my camera), I do an rsync to one of the three partitions.

4) Once a month, I do an rsync to the other two partitions (one on even numbered months, one on odd numbered months).

// my problem is, I am reaching 500 GB of data and will need to upgrade, but drives are still at a premium.
 
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