For hacking iCloud account of journalist Matt Honan hackers used social engineering.
Journalist Matt Honan (Mat Honan), who works for a few IT-publications, including Gizmodo and Wired, said in his blog that unknown hackers broke into his account in the iCloud.
Hacking, for which the methods used by hackers is social engineering, was launched on 3 August 2012. When you call to tech support Apple, ostensibly on behalf of Honan, hackers managed to correctly answer all the questions of security and then pick up the seven-digit password for the account of a journalist.
Then the hacker changed the password to the account in the Honan mail service Gmail, sending a confirmation e-mail address. Mac, which was listed as a backup. Note that the journalist did not use two-factor authentication.
Apart from hacking the account deleted all the malicious data that was stored on the iPhone, iPad and iMac of the journalist. These actions were made possible by the service Find My Phone, which in case of loss allows user to delete data from it for security purposes.
Hackers also gain control over Honan’s Twitter account, which was tied to the Twitter website Gizmodo.
Data recovery of Honan’s is now engaged in service center representatives Apple. The journalist tries to regain control of the compromised credentials.