Twitter account @N restored to victim after high-profile hijack
The unusual single-letter Twitter handle '@N' has been reportedly given back to the original user after it was hijacked as part of an eye-opening social engineering scheme last month.
Naoki Hiroshima managed to own the handle once again after the high-profile theft and tweeted "Order has been restored," from his account on the microblogging site.
According to The Verge, in a post by Hiroshima last month, he recounted how both his PayPal and GoDaddy accounts were compromised through social engineering techniques, something that gave the attacker enough leverage to push for the Twitter login credentials.
Although, the details of how the account was returned were unclear, the debacle ultimately became a cautionary tale in the importance of personal security, and how online companies verify sensitive account information and deal with threats to user accounts, the report added.
(Posted on 27-02-2014)
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