Senior Writer for Wired’s Gadget Lab (in other words, not your grandma) gets hacked — and its mostly his fault:
I had done some pretty stupid things. Things you shouldn’t do.
I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook. Because I wasn’t doing that, if all the photos from the first year and a half of my daughter’s life are ultimately lost, I will have only myself to blame. I shouldn’t have daisy-chained two such vital accounts — my Google and my iCloud account — together. I shouldn’t have used the same e-mail prefix across multiple accounts — email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. And I should have had a recovery address that’s only used for recovery without being tied to core services.
The great thing is, if hackers took over my Twitter and started sending out “racist and homophobic messages,” nobody could tell the difference.
The doofus agreed to drop the charges against the 19 year old hacker, who insists that he’s “really a nice guy” and is hacking for a good cause.
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