Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

How Naoki Hiroshima Lost His Twitter Username

Naoki Hiroshima:

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.

It’s been a year and a half since Mat Honan was hacked, and it’s striking just how little has changed in that time.