CNN Writer: It’s “Disturbingly Easy” To Get Hacked

CNN Writer: It’s “Disturbingly Easy” To Get Hacked

I recently came across this article on CNN.com. The writer asked a known white hat hacker to invade his privacy. He writes, “Without having my password, and without hacking into my email account, she was able to get my home address, my phone number and steal my hard-earned hotel points. In perhaps the cruelest act of all, she was even able to change my seat on my five-hour flight out of Vegas, moving me from a spacious exit aisle to a middle seat at the back by the restrooms.”

The hacker admits, she was given nothing other than the victim’s name and did the majority of her information gathering through Twitter. It is also important to note that the much of her efforts were enacted via phone, not online. While companies put a lot of authentication systems in place online, they typically don’t have a similar level of scrutiny for phone calls. Not all social media attacks happen online. The write says of the situation, “I’m here to tell you, it’s disturbingly easy for them to do – even to someone like me who covers technology.”

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