Journalist's Accounts Hacked into, Security Experts Question Cloud's Safety

Aug 15, 2012 14:01:23Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Journalist's Accounts Hacked into, Security Experts Question Cloud's Safety

When all of Wired reporter Mat Honan's digital accounts were hacked into, it brought to light a great deal of internet privacy issues that have been on security experts' minds, according to USA Today.

"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," Honan wrote after the hacking.

After the incident, the security community was ready for another attack, but was also concerned about the privacy safety levels of the various clouds in which many people store their banking, shopping and social media data, the media outlet reports.

Even with a breach such as this, consumers are still not fully aware of their mobile security and what they need to do in order to protect it. There are various features such as one-time PIN systems that require a person to plug a PIN number into his or her cell phone before he or she can make a transaction, but a number of people are not using these security measures. Although many believe consumer ignorance is fueling the problem, others think the burden should be solely on the web companies.

"Improving security is 100 percent the responsibility of the cloud service providers because they are the ones trying to sign people up to the cloud model," Stephen Cobb, Security Analyst at anti-virus company ESET, told the news source.