This is an article about how hackers used social engineering, no geek skills required, to ERASE Mat’s iPhone, MacBook and iPad remotely. Its a fascinating story! The conclusion is backup 3 places, get second factor authentication on your Gmail, and have a secret email for accounts that could cost you money.
But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.
There’s a follow up article about how Mat got the pictures of his newborn daughter and family who are no longer with us.
‘Casino Capitalism’ is what the companies who have a choke hold on the ecomomy are practicing, according to Robert Reich. His thesis makes sense to me. Good writing that makes many good points. And really amplifies how crappy a writer I am
Romney’s Bain is part of the same system as Jamie Dimon’s JPMorgan Chase, Jon Corzine’s MF Global and Lloyd Blankfein’s Goldman Sachs—a system that has turned much of the economy into a betting parlor that nearly imploded in 2008, destroying millions of jobs and devastating household incomes. The winners in this system are top Wall Street executives and traders, private-equity managers and hedge-fund moguls, and the losers are most of the rest of us. The system is largely responsible for the greatest concentration of the nation’s income and wealth at the very top since the Gilded Age of the nineteenth century, with the richest 400 Americans owning as much as the bottom 150 million put together. And these multimillionaires and billionaires are now actively buying the 2012 election—and with it, American democracy.
More proof that perspective IS everything. The article explains what affects your reading of the news. Enjoy
Queen Elizabeth 2 has released digital scans from Queen Victoria’s Journals. As she writes on the site:
A message from HM Queen Elizabeth II
In this the year of my Diamond Jubilee, I am delighted to be able to present, for the first time, the complete on-line collection of Queen Victoria’s journals from the Royal Archives.
These diaries cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
Thirteen volumes in Victoria’s own hand survive, and the majority of the remaining volumes were transcribed after Queen Victoria’s death by her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, on her mother’s instructions.
It seems fitting that the subject of the first major public release of material from the Royal Archives is Queen Victoria, who was the first Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.
It is hoped that this historic collection will make a valuable addition to the unique material already held by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University, and will be used to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the past.
I’ve always admired Amelia Earhart and her courage.
Apparently Earhart and Noonan lived for a while after ‘landing’ on the teeny tiny piece of land. Zoom out to get the sense of how close they got.
I am putting these fruits on my Bucket List . I mean the wonderful names to start! Don’t they make you drool??
Since you are already reading that page, enjoy! I hope I made you drool in gustatory anticipation
I’m getting money from Vita Coca! Since free money is always good, I wanted to share this with my devoted readers
I have a Samsung TV but not one of the included ones. Darnit
P.S. Love the whole Consumerist website, its very useful. Can help you in many ways, be a smart consumer.