Some weeks back we told of how a senior tech journalist was very brutally hacked, having his iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air remotely wiped while also seeing his Google account reduced to nothingness – all because some teen hackers loved his Twitter handle. The last update he gave was that he had control of his Twitter account again. That was almost two weeks ago.
Thankfully, the happy ending we all hoped for came some days ago. Soon after recovering his AppleID (and giving instructions to not allow any more password resets), he was able to restore his iPhone and iPad via backups stored in iCloud. Unfortunately, he was still unable to restore his Macbook, which was in the midst of a remote wipe process. All Apple could do was to stop the process.
Honan then sent his laptop to a data recovery company called DriveSavers to recover any data that may still be in the SSD of the laptop. Through the advances in data recovery technology (as well as a huge slice of good fortune), he was able to recover all his photos and home movies he’d shot of his year-old daughter, as well as most of his important documents as well. The priceless photo above is of Honan and his newly-born daughter, which was only stored in his laptop.
Today, Honan has four copies of everything digital that he has. Also, he is now more concerned with online security, and is hoping to raise awareness on the vulnerabilities in online security through his articles.
Hit the link below for a detailed account from the man himself, as well as an interesting piece on DriveSavers.