Amazon and Apple have temporarily suspended password changes on over the phone. .
Apple is reportedly instituting a 24-hour freeze on over-the-phone iCloud password changes following the well-publicized hack of Wired writer Mat Honan’s account. The freeze is being used to buy management more time to figure out if and how to reform its security policies, reports Wired, citing an unnamed Apple employee. Others at Apple (who asked to remain anonymous) have reached out to us and confirm similar details, and our own attempt at changing an iCloud password was rebuffed, with a support line rep confirming staff have been notified not to offer over-the-phone resets. The intrusion into Honan’s iCloud account (and subsequently his Google and Twitter accounts) was also made easier by a security loophole at Amazon, which announced its own plans to crack down earlier today. ….