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Hackers break into Salma Hayek's MobileMe account

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009

Salma Hayek MobileMe hack

An anonymous post on the imageboard 4chan.org has provided MobileMe login details for Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, according to Electronic Pulp. The account apparently was not incredibly difficult to hack, carrying the address of shayek@mac.com. The intruders did not need her password, they simply used the "forgot password" option to access the contents.

Hayek's secret question allegedly asks for a "favorite character," which happens to be her own character from the 2002 film Frida. The birthday is also required, although the information is also easily obtainable.

It remains unknown if Apple plans to change the lost password requirements for MobileMe. For public figures, however, it is clearly unwise to protect an e-mail account with questions that can be easily answered after taking a quick look on Wikipedia.




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  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    um.

    "guessing" is hardly "hacking". calling it hacking is asinine. especially when you are guessing facts about a public figure.

    wow. must've been tough.

    that said... if you are a public figure... why on earth would you ever even fill out the 'forgot password' c***? ever? and if you did... you ALWAYS use a fake answer to the premade questions... or with the option to make your own you just make a ridiculous Q/A that you never tell anyone but is too hilarious to ever forget.

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  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -26

    Who Is Salma Hayek?!?

    Whomever this person is, I am sorry they corrupted their account.

    But the bigger question may be, who in the world would want to hack "Mobile Me".

    Apple started out as a legitimate (hopeful) service with .Mac.

    Though filled with potential, it degenerated into "Mobile Me" a depository for prepubescent effluvia.

    I hope Mr Jobs recovers soon and fires the miscreants who have made a joke of Apple with their "Mobile Me" offering.

    =o(

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    ????

    Apostle must be living in a parallel universe. If he/she were to live in this universe, he/she would have most likely heard of a successful stage, film and TV actress (originally from Mexico, but better known for her work in the United States). Those of us living in this universe are aware of the utility and convenience of the MobileMe service.As for public figures and their choice of secret questions, Ms. Hayek's one was extremely poorly thought out, considering that she gave her best work in precisely that performance...

  1. Str1f3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Get rid of question

    Apostle, you should read more on MobileMe than using your thesaurus for posts. It's been working well for a while now. BTW Salma Hayek is one of the better actresses in Hollywood.

    Every email company should get rid of this favorite question option. Sarah Palin's account with yahoo was also accessed the same way. It's the easiest way for anybody to get into your account whether you're famous or not. Friends, families, or coworkers can easily access your account the same way.

  1. Str1f3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Get rid of question

    Double post

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    agree with 010111

    This is not hacking. It is guessing an answer based on open probabilities.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Agreed

    I agree that this is NOT hacking, and calling it such is an extreme stretch. I've been given Macs from friends/co-workers who wanted me to do some repairs on their system as a favor, and numerous times I've been able to "guess" theri admin account password which is often needed to do any administrative repair work. So I guess that makes me a hacker too?

  1. b9robot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Using publicly known fact

    Using publicly known facts for your password isn't very smart. I don't think Apple has to change anything. This is the responsibility of the consumer to use secure passwords and not to post easily known facts about yourself for anyone to GUESS. Yes guess, not hack!
    I'm surprised macnn would define this as hacking in there story, because it's NOT!!!

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