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Londoner who tried to blackmail Apple with 300m+ iCloud account resets was reusing stale old creds

Martin M

Re: Stale old creds...

You say just “force the user to prove it’s them”, which is a spectacularly circular argument. The definition of authentication is asking the user to prove who they are - and if you had a better method of doing so than the password, you wouldn’t need the password. It also ignores the possibility that accounts may be pseudonymous, and therefore have no corresponding real world identity at all.

Finally, it’s unclear from the article whether Apple knew which accounts were potentially affected. Forcing a password reset on the entire user population would have been disproportionate, particularly as it turns out that most of the credentials were stale and there had in fact *been no data breach” (from Apple).

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