Security

How a digital life was recovered using 1Password, Dropbox, and DrivesSavers

About a week ago Mat Honan shared how is digital life was annihilated thanks to a hacker, and the lackadaisical security policies of Apple and Amazon. Now, Honan has shared how he restored his Dropbox account and security information stored in 1Password, reclaimed his Twitter and Google accounts, and most importantly reclaimed the priceless family photos he had stored on his laptop hard drive and never backed up. The details of how Honan got his digital life back are all up on Wired.com, and include:

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Apple and Amazon respond to account security concerns

This weekend, Wired's Mat Honan had his internet accounts hacked and iPhone, iPad, and Mac erased, thanks to his own linking of accounts, lack of two-factor authentication, and lack of backups -- but also because of severe problems with both Apple's and Amazon's online security policies and procedures. Basically, with an internet connection and a social engineering attack, anyone could get at least partially into anyone else's stuff.

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How Amazon and Apple security flaws allowed a digital life to be destroyed

Mat Honan was hacked over the weekend, his Apple ID/iTunes, Gmail, Amazon, and Twitter accounts all compromised, and his digital life laid ruin. Had his attackers been out for more than just "the lulz", they could have also done incredible harm to his financial life as well.

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Editor's desk: Hold your iPhone dates close, your iCloud account closer

So, we had a bit of a week, didn't we?

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Apple presents at Black Hat, expectations get hacked

Apple gave their first ever presentation at the Black Hack conference on Thursday, and while it sounds like it didn't live up to the expectations of those unfamiliar with Apple's typical level of community engagement, it did happen. Nicole Perlroth, writing for The New York Times, reports:

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Apple will fix in-app purchases vulnerability in iOS 6, provides workaround for now

In iOS 6, coming this fall, Apple will fix a security vulnerability in the App Store's in-app purchasing process that allows "man-in-the-middle" style attacks, steals from developers, and potentially exposes user account data to hackers. This according to a new, publicly-available support document posted to developer.apple.com on in-app purchase receipt validation on iOS. Apple's preamble states:

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Apple pulls malicious App Store app that took contacts, sent spam

Apple has removed a malicious app from the App Store that took the user's contacts and used them to send spam. Kaspersky Lab Expert Denis originally reported on the app, Find and Call, for Securelist, based on information from Russian carrier MegaFon.

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Apple rumored to release their own app-tracking utility for iOS developers

WWDC is right around the corner, and though we're expecting lots of iOS 6 news and maybe some Apple TV stuff, there's apparently going to be yet another goodie for developers at the show: a means by which devs can see how their customers are using apps all Big Brother style.

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LinkedIn plugs security and privacy breaches: What you need to know

LinkedIn has had a rough week, not only were they caught transmitting sensitive calendar data in plain text to their servers from their iOS app, but a recent security breach has also left more than a few passwords exposed.

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Apple details security updates covered in iOS 5.1.1 update

Apple has released information on the security updates that were covered in the recent release of iOS 5.1.1. When it was originally released yesterday, all that we knew was that there were various bug fixes. This update actually covers some important security fixes too for Mobile Safari and WebKit based browsers in general.

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