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By Clare O’Gara
Mon | Oct 21, 2019 | 2:19 PM PDT

It's great to see journalists dedicated to their craft.

And nothing is quite as dedicated as a technology reporter who hires his own hacker.

A journalist at CNN asked white hat hacker Rachel Tobac to steal his data.

Spoiler: it only took her two Instagram posts.

CNN covered the experiment:

Data breaches and hacks get all our attention, but a hacker with a good phone persona and a few basic tools can trick customer support agents from major corporations into handing over a shocking amount of private information and more.

And I'm here to tell you, it's disturbingly easy for them to do—even to someone like me who covers technology.

It's a lesson for all of us: be careful to think about what you're sharing on social media and how that information can be used against you, and next time you're on the phone with your airline, hotel, or bank and they let you access your account, think about the questions they are asking you.