Well-connected blogger Mat Honan was hacked this weekend thanks to some clever social engineering, with hackers obtaining access to his iCloud and Twitter accounts to make his life miserable. Honan had his MacBook, iPhone and iPad remotely wiped from iCloud, while hackers posted racist and homophobic messages to his personal Twitter page and the associated Gizmodo feed that was linked to his account.
Apple has officially commented to Wired on the situation that arose, partially blaming itself but also noting that hackers did indeed gain personal information about Honan that otherwise should have remained private. We’ll side with Honan on this one, since these hackers were definitely using some creative thinking to steal the digital identity of the Wired — and formerly Gizmodo — writer. (more…)