Internet stealing has now shifted to twitter handles, which surprisingly as a lot of value. In 2013 reports given, various twitter users have on more than one occasion received purchase offers for their twitter handles. An example is the $20,000 offer made to a user for the transfer of his handle and name “@Chase” to the Chase Bank. There was also another unique case whereby a user managed to pocket $50,000 for @N’.
The shocking story of Naoki Hiroshima elaborates the horror of hacking and internet extortions when they occur. Hiroshima, a software developer, shares e-mail correspondences between GoDaddy and an internet attacker. The attacker even went ahead to describe the techniques that he employed in order to snatch and gain control of @N. The email illustrates how he received an email on the 20th January 2014 from PayPal for validation which he unfortunately ignored.
Later on the day when he visited his inbox, there was an e-mail dated Mon, 20 Jan 2014 and found that the last message was from GoDaddy and the message was about confirmation of a change in the settings of his account. It is not that Hiroshima is an internet dwarf or that he was careless in any way, he is a well known creator. The question is how did the hacker managed to pull this off?
After hacking, the hacker went ahead and contacted Hiroshima via e-mail. The hacker informed him that @N was a target and that the Godaddy domain belonged to them. He also informed him that he was kind enough to leave some websites for him and that they were in the original state. The internet thief then made a demand for $50,000 for him to return the access and control of @N and for the swapping of godaddy and protection of the data.
Hiroshima in the past had rejected an offer of $50,000 from a genuine buyer for his @N, but now the hacker had extorted him in broad day light for its control. Hiroshima made a few attempts to get GoDaddy’s and PayPal’s help; this was not successful as the hacker was able to outsmart him and made the two companies to make the credit information of Hiroshima public.
In the telephone conversation dated 20th January 2014, he revealed that he used a very easy engineered technique to get the last 4 numbers of his credit card. He explained that he called godaddy and alleged that he is the owner and had lost his card, and he could at that time remember only four digits. The agent then allowed him to guess a range of numbers. He confessed that he has not discovered a way to increase the godaddy security but went ahead to recommend eNom and NameCheap which are more secure systems.
A spokesperson working with the MLS Group is quoted to have said that PayPal had made a clear response to this particular issue through the AskPayPal services. To get informed more on this story, visit Naoki Hiroshima’s blog.