Matt Honan, Senior Writer at Wired.com, was digitally destroyed by hackers.
Get ready, this is scary stuff. “In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed”, recounts Senior Writer for Wired.com Matt Honan, of his devastating encounter with hackers on August 3rd. Not only did they access his Google and Twitter accounts, but his “AppleID account was broken into and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad and MacBook.” Matt’s nightmare has been all over the news in the past week, a sensational cautionary tale.
What was the worst part? In an August 9th interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, Matt revealed that his deepest regret was losing more than a year’s worth of photographs, covering the entire lifespan of his daughter, including those with her now-deceased grandparents. Arrow to my heart.
So, now I have to ask: do you ever get your favorite family photos off of your computer? Do you back them up on a zip drive, burn them onto a CD, or print them? Most people don’t. Matt’s story demonstrates how vulnerable we all are to hacking, let alone an innocent, everyday computer crash. Forewarned is forearmed – do it!