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Worried about getting hacked? Lessons learned...

Nickie Phillips

Since former Gizmodo reporter Mat Honan revealed last week that he was victimized by hackers, many have scrambled to secure their online identities. His Wired report  is a must-read as he explains how relatively easy it was for hackers to gain access to his accounts with information that was gleaned from public records and a few phone calls. Listen to this MacWorld podcast featuring an interview with Mat Honan further detailing how his accounts from Amazon to Apple were hacked for a few tips on how you can avoid being victimized.

For a follow-up, see this Wired primer on online security.

As for motivation, Mat wondered if perhaps his tech credentials led him to be high-value target to the hackers. In his communication with the hackers, he asked the same question posed by most all victims of crime: "why me?"  The hackers responded:

He said the hack was simply a grab for my three-character Twitter handle. That’s all they wanted. They just wanted to take it, and fuck shit up, and watch it burn. It wasn’t personal.