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April 24, 2009

Salma Hayek’s Apple MobileMe Account Gets Taken Over

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Apple MobileMe is a way to sync e-mail, contacts, and calendars with applications with different devices.  The login details for actress Salma Hayek has been hacked and the information has been leaked to everyone on the 4chan forum.  It sounds like that the hacking was a joint effort between between EBaum and Anontalk and then posted on 4chan.  Regardless of who did it, the person did got the password with little effort on their part.  After he or she logged into Hayek’s account, the anonymous person changed the login details and made this posting:

Her email address is shayek@mac.com
Go to me.com, forgot password, type shayek@mac.com
Her birthday is Sept. 2
Answer to change password question is: frida

The hacker guessed the ID by assuming that most Apple IDs are commonly the first letter of the first name and the whole last name followed by @mac.com.  Then the hacker used the Forgot Password feature and found the answer on Hayek’s Wikipedia page which had to do with her birth date.  Fortunately for Hayek, there is nothing incriminating in her Mac e-mail account.

This makes me question the whole security question standard that is asked when a password is forgotten is not good enough.  Sometimes the questions are too obvious.  For example, when David Kernell hacked into Sarah Palin’s e-mail account, all he did was guess the security questions.  The questions had to do about where Palin went to high school, where she met her husband (the same high school), birth date, and zip code.

[via ElectronicPulp]

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