Damn… if Mat Honan’s fictional story for Wired doesn’t scare you, then you’re in good hands with Google.
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.
In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened, because their ultimate goal was always to take over my Twitter account and wreak havoc. Lulz.
Had I been regularly backing up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn’t have had to worry about losing more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location.
Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply, deeply regret them.
..and that my friends, is really all you need to know.
Yes, the hackers were clever. Yes, Amazon and Apple fell for social engineering. Yes, it’s Mat Honan’s fault.
It is easy to speak for the dead—after all, they can’t correct you. You can safely put words in the mouths of the deceased and trot their lifeless bodies out in public to wag a finger or nod in approval, with no fear that they’ll complain. This is especially true of Steve Jobs.
Excellent read. Recommended.
What. A. Great. Read.
An outstanding piece over at Gizmodo by Mat Honan.
Apple has an event tomorrow, and it will be the Biggest Consumer Technology News of 2012. It will likely remain the Biggest Consumer Technology News of 2012 until Apple’s next event, which may then overtake it.
It may sound like a fan post by the way he starts off, and in a way it is, but not really.
Mat’s making some great points, albeit in an unusual way. You have to check the whole thing out to completely get it, so please do.
We cover what we cover because it’s what you want us to cover. And as long as the audience comes in, we’ll be there to receive you.
We’ll look up with greasy chins and compare the performance of Tim Cook to Steve Jobs’ most famous appearances. And if we are disappointed, or unhappy with what is announced, we will drag out Jobs’ bloody toga and parade it in front of the mob.
Some will immediately dismiss the thing Apple rolls out as a failure. They will note Apple already reached its high water mark, and that this thing, whatever it is, is not as good as what Google or Microsoft or Sony has to offer. (Well, it’s possible no one will mention Sony.) They will note the feature set on the others is much greater than that on the New Apple Thing. “The others all have four ports and it only has three!”
Everyone else will note that these people are idiots.
That man is on a roll…
No matter what Apple releases, the enthusiast blogs will call It the greatest thing ever. (Dollars to Pesos says we’ll be among them.) They (we) will stroke and caress its lines and note how much better it is—in both overt and subtle ways—than the last iteration. They will extol the genius of Jon Ive (love that guy) for making this corner just so and that edge just not.
I’m starting to like Gizmodo again… This article alone is almost enough to convince me to read them again.
Read the whole piece, seriously do it, here.