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How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username
Gizmodo.com ^ | 01/29/2014 | Naoki Hiroshima

Posted on 01/29/2014 12:17:48 PM PST by aimhigh

I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I've been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.

While eating lunch on January 20, 2014, I received a text message from PayPal for one-time validation code. Somebody was trying to steal my PayPal account. I ignored it and continued eating.

. . . . . . .
I tried to log in to my GoDaddy account, but it didn't work. I called GoDaddy and explained the situation. The representative asked me the last 6 digits of my credit card number as a method of verification. This didn't work because the credit card information had already been changed by an attacker. In fact, all of my information had been changed. I had no way to prove I was the real owner of the domain name.

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Scary!
1 posted on 01/29/2014 12:17:48 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh; GeronL; Revolting cat!

Saw an article about such theft many years ago (may have even been the late 90s or early 2000s). Courts ruled it isn’t property (no matter what financial values have been offered or transferred).

Also the fraud aspect doesn’t seem to impress the men in black dresses.

The public needs their own lobbyists. Legislators don’t work for us, apparently.


2 posted on 01/29/2014 12:20:35 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: aimhigh

3 posted on 01/29/2014 12:21:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: aimhigh

Someone needs to explain to us old geezers (you know...late boomer generation) exactly why the @N moniker is so valuable.


4 posted on 01/29/2014 12:25:33 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: aimhigh

Haha. The @N twitter account was getting hammered by replies and has deleted all of their tweets. Just checked it. They had 4 tweets. I refreshed the page and they had zero.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 12:25:42 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

It’s very easy to remember and it indicates that you were there at the beginning of twitter. Some enterprising people snatched up the really good handles at the beginning and made lots of money off them.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 12:27:23 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

simple words, or letters are easy to remember. great for advertising, or spreading a message.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 12:28:26 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

ab @n name???

I just figured out how to use an atm machine....


8 posted on 01/29/2014 12:28:46 PM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Excellent question, I’d be interested also.

I can see a popular, easy name for a website addy or email, but not so obvious for Twitter?

Do businesses do e-commerce via twitter?


9 posted on 01/29/2014 12:30:25 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: aimhigh

Terrible shame. I probably would have taken the $50,000, though. Too bad he didn’t.

The hacker should be tracked down, put in prison, and the name returned to this guy.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 12:35:10 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: aimhigh

That is messed up


11 posted on 01/29/2014 12:35:46 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: aimhigh

‘extorted’ sounds like the wrong word: outright theft via a predatory hack is more like it. Twitter ought to be able to (a) recognize the rightful owner; and (b) restore it. Publicity like this doesn’t help them.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 12:41:20 PM PST by alancarp
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To: aimhigh
Yes its scary ,,,, just had an E-mail spam from geico ins. that I couldn't delete . Had to move a few others around then delete , never could get it marked as spam.

And I've never had an account with them . hmmmmm.

13 posted on 01/29/2014 12:43:49 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: piroque

Old Uncle Warren is pretty tenacious, eh?


14 posted on 01/29/2014 12:44:56 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: thefactor

:: easy to remember and it indicates that you were there at the beginning of twitter ::

And some idiot will pay $50K for it. Maybe Obamugabe is right and opportunistic capitalism is effed up?


15 posted on 01/29/2014 12:45:00 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Don’t see why you would say that . . . anyone is welcome to pay $50K for it and take the hit. That’s capitalism.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 12:47:49 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: aimhigh

I got one thing to say to someone offering $50,000. for a screen name....Show me the money!


17 posted on 01/29/2014 12:48:07 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: thefactor

Sort of like having an FR signup date of April, 1998?


18 posted on 01/29/2014 12:50:29 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: aimhigh

If somebody offered 50 grand for your twitter handle the correct answer is YES. Everything that happened after then is just further mistakes.


19 posted on 01/29/2014 12:53:11 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: aimhigh
Ok, who got the other 25 letters of the alphabet?
20 posted on 01/29/2014 12:56:07 PM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

For the younger generations it’s like the low number license plates in Delaware.

http://www.lowdigittags.com/29.html


21 posted on 01/29/2014 12:56:46 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: piroque

always check the sender’s address by holding your cursor over the address or by clicking on it. most companies have an email fraud address that you can forward these fraud emails to so they can “try” and do something about it.


22 posted on 01/29/2014 12:57:00 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: thefactor
it indicates that you were there at the beginning of twitter

Big woopty do. Being in at the beginning is hardly a status symbol. I could see maybe a famous name brand or company but the letter n? $50K, snort, I'd have sold it for $5. But then I've never tweeted or facebooked and probably only sent one email in the past year. Wait, I'm sure all of you are on the edge of your seats wanting to know what I'm doing so, drum roll...... I'm typing on a computer!

23 posted on 01/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PST by bgill
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

just like phone numbers, e.g. 1-900-HOT-BABE

Or more generally any easily remembered number 777-777,
555-0000


24 posted on 01/29/2014 1:03:00 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 1rudeboy

:: That’s capitalism ::

According to PT Barnum.

caveat emptor!


25 posted on 01/29/2014 1:03:26 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: huldah1776

Wouldn’t show an address , even the check-box on the side wanted to open the mail , oddest one I’ve ever had.


26 posted on 01/29/2014 1:07:49 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: piroque

I wonder if it was an image?


27 posted on 01/29/2014 1:21:46 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Could have been ,,,,,


28 posted on 01/29/2014 1:36:50 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: aimhigh

Seems like it would be reasonable to locate whoever begins using that stolen twitter name, and kill them. I would vote to acquit.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 2:37:27 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: aimhigh

As for finding the N twitter name. Too bad we don’t have an agency that could track the use of it in real time. Or stop hacks of Target, etc etc.

They are too busy looking for political opponents of Obama.


30 posted on 01/29/2014 2:39:33 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: All

Related: eBay will be sending out emails (legit) today advising customers to change their passwords.

PayPal users should do the same.

I would also change my email password and any other relevant passwords as well, “just in case”

http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/eBay+%28EBAY%29+Wants+Users+To+Change+Passwords+Due+to+Cyberattack/9511191.html


31 posted on 05/21/2014 6:34:06 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

http://www.ebayinc.com/in_the_news/story/ebay-inc-ask-ebay-users-change-passwords


32 posted on 05/21/2014 7:12:59 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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