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(Marketwatch)   Headline: 21-year old college student hacked 40 peoples' iPhones and stole their crypto currency and nude photos. Reality: He bribed an employee of the victim's cell phone carrier to do a sim card swap to his phone   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Mobile phone, Richard Yuan Li, GSM, Subscriber Identity Module, unsuspecting victims' SIMs, Authentication, Federal prosecutors, SIM-swap scam  
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2021-09-14 12:11:06 PM  
So not really hacking. Identity theft, yes. But not hacking.

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2021-09-14 1:17:05 PM  
The dude behind Celebgate emailed people asking for their passwords.
2021-09-14 1:18:56 PM  
Two consecutive typos... is subby having a key stroke?
2021-09-14 2:40:43 PM  
This just highlights an unspoken truth in the cyber/general/national-security community that even the most advanced technological defensive measures available in the world today just can't compete against simple human greed.
2021-09-14 3:51:23 PM  
I mean... yes?

That'd be accessing an information system you're not authorized to access by creating or obtaining credentials you're not supposed to have.  That's how hacking works, a major subset of cracking is literally called "social engineering".  Definitely the most successful subset, even.

Very rarely does hacking involve a magical wizard sitting in place meditating to channel the sacred digits through his farking chakras while special effects draw farking random characters in the reflection of his glasses, subby; even when it is a 500 pound pseudomystic doing something like the animist magic ritual you seem to think is involved, the specific automated task behind those sweet rotating green screensaver letters is spam e-mailing members of the company to get them to voluntarily input their password somewhere insecure, not directly attacking the actual digital infrastructure of anybody.  All direct attacks can really do nowadays is crash shiat, which is great for ransoming things but not exactly great for directly stealing money.

Like, if somebody steals your car by picking your car keys out of your pocket and driving off with it you don't just go like "well, he didn't really steal my car, did he?  He didn't hotwire it or force the door, therefore I must still have my car and there's no need to report it to the cops."  There's no farking specific narrow path that makes data intrusion "not hacking", it's a crime, not a farking game league with qualification requirements.
2021-09-14 4:25:43 PM  
Done in one.
2021-09-14 5:00:33 PM  
How does the carrier have access to anything? They might use 2FA to send you some code, but you still need usernames and passwords to go along with it. Anyone relying entirely on text messages for security is doomed.
2021-09-14 7:31:04 PM  
If you are so lazy you don't have the key to your crypto safely stored and enter it whenever you setup a new crypto wallet, and trust some sort of cloud app to manage your key, then you deserve to lose your crypto.
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