A hacker stole the one-letter Twitter account worth 50 000 dollars




Hacker attacks may be directed not only to obtain finance , important or secret documents, but also to ensure that steal nickname in social networks. Such attacks undergone programmer Hiroshima Naoki (Naoki Hiroshima), whose hacker stole a unique nickname @ N microblogging service Twitter.

This was told on his page the victim Naoki. He states that this is not the first attempt to hack his account, but the first, which still failed hacker. He also noted that not so long ago he was offered 50,000 dollars for his page.

The first signs of cracking appeared January 20, when Hiroshima received notification of changes in his or her account on a hosting GoDaddy, which it contains important domains. In order to understand the situation, Naoki called the company GoDaddy, where he was asked to dictate the last digits of its credit card to verify identity. However, an attacker had already changed the data.

Thereafter Naoki able to contact the hacker under the name Social Media King, who confirmed that the hacked account only for getting a unique short nick @ N.

“All of your domain name at GoDaddy belong to me. At the moment, I will not touch them, but it should make me suspicious financial transactions, as they are closed “, – wrote the hacker.

After a few more attempts to get access to a hosting that do not bring positive results, Naoki Hiroshima still agreed to the terms of the hacker and gave him the nickname @ N in exchange for access to their domains. For the first time in 2007 he was forced to change nick @ N_is_stolen (N stolen). Hiroshima also found out that the last digits of its credit card hacker learned through payment system PayPal .

Finally attacker advised Hiroshima in the future to use more secure services.


After the release of material company PayPal conducted its own investigation of the situation and contacted us to announce that PayPal does not disclose any data associated with a user account. Below is the text of the letter and the translation notes in the company’s official blog.

Today on your portal published an article hackers stole the one-letter ACCOUNT ON TWITTER COST 50,000 DOLLARS.
PayPal company has carefully studied the situation, as reported in its official blog. And we can say that PayPal does not divulge any data on the credit card associated with your user account, referred to in the material.
Below you will find the translation of your blog. We would be grateful if you include the official position of PayPal in your stuff.
Thanks in advance!

Press service PayPal
Anastasia Postnikov

The security of your personal data and financial information is a top priority for PayPal. All our staff, from the customer service department to developers of new products, paying utmost attention to safety.
Many of you have already heard about the difficult situation affecting matters of personal data, which ran one of our clients.
In such situations, we always immediately begin an investigation to find out all the details of the incident. Usually we do not discuss details regarding customer accounts. However, in this case we would like to bring to your attention some facts.
We have carefully analyzed our existing records and can confirm that there was an unsuccessful attempt to obtain information on the client from employees PayPal.
PayPal does not divulge any data on the credit card associated with that account.
PayPal does not divulge any personal information and financial information related to this account.
This particular PayPal account has not been compromised.
Our experts are engaged in customer support, have good training in the prevention of attacks using social engineering, such as the one described in this publication.
We personally communicate with our customers to understand whether we have the opportunity to provide any assistance.
We are constantly improving validation processes access and security accounts PayPal, as well as inform their clients as needed to behave to prevent such crimes. Useful information and specific advice on the subject published on our Security Center.

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