Flaws in Apple and Amazon security have been revealed after a leading technology journalist had his 'entire digital life' hacked in less than an hour.
Mat Honan, who writes for Wired, was hacked because Apple only requires basic security questions in order to access your Apple ID.
From there, the hackers were able to delete his Google and Gmail account, stop his iPhone from working and take control of his Twitter page, The Daily Mail reports.
In an article on Wired.com, Honan revealed how he actually spoke to the hacker who carried out the attack.
After telling him how he did it, Honan was then able to repeat the same steps and carry out his very own mock hack.
"It turns out, a billing address and the last four digits of a credit card number are the only two pieces of information anyone needs to get into your iCloud account," he wrote.
"Once supplied, Apple will issue a temporary password, and that password grants access to iCloud," he added.
Honan also revealed that his credit card number was obtained by taking advantage of another security breach on Amazon.
"First you call Amazon and tell them you are the account holder, and want to add a credit card number to the account. All you need is the name on the account, an associated e-mail address, and the billing address," he wrote.
"Next you call back, and tell Amazon that you've lost access to your account. Upon providing a name, billing address, and the new credit card number you gave the company on the prior call, Amazon will allow you to add a new e-mail address to the account," he added. (ANI)