Yes, I was hacked. Hard. | Emptyage
iCloud のアカウントをハックされて、iPhone も iPad も MacBook Air もリモートワイプされてしまった Mat Honan の悪夢のような体験
At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account, reset the password and sent the confirmation message about the reset to the trash. My password was a 7 digit alphanumeric that I didn’t use elsewhere. When I set it up, years and years ago, that seemed pretty secure at the time. But it’s not. Especially given that I’ve been using it for, well, years and years. My
guess is they used brute force to get the password(see update) and then reset it to do the damage to my devices.
Update Three: I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions.
Don’t rely on the cloud. It’s great to have online storage you can get at from all your various devices, but when the shit goes down and you’re under attack, nothing is more secure than a hard drive you can unplug and hide in a shoebox in the closet. It’s not the most convenient way to back up, but you’ll thank yourself for it.