Ask Mat Honan About the Hack That Erased His Digital Life

Meet Mat Honan. He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired. Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired

It’s the hack that sent ripples of panic (and a healthy helping of schadenfreude) throughout the internet: On August 3, hackers used simple social engineering to trick Amazon and Apple into providing information that would allow them to take over the AppleID of Wired reporter Mat Honan. Within minutes of securing his digital identity, the hackers erased all of Mat’s cloud accounts and assumed control of his Twitter stream.

And now this Friday I’ll be interviewing the victim in a Google+ Hangout that everyone can watch and contribute to.

If you’d like to ask Mat an interview question, please include it in the comments section of this story, or tweet it to @gadgetlab or @wired along with the hashtag #MatHack. Tomorrow’s interview will be a fully moderated Hangout. You won’t be able to ask questions in real-time, so please submit your queries in advance via the two methods described above.

The video Hangout will occur at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, August 17, on Wired’s Google+ page, which can be accessed here. Please add Wired to your Google+ circles, and listen tomorrow while I interview the new (and reluctant) poster boy for digital identity theft.

Jon Phillips

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