How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username – The Next Web

How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username – The Next Web.

Today we bring you a story from the ‘holy-shit-this-is-terrifying’ department.  Naoki Hiroshima is the creator of Cocoyon & is also a developer for Echofon. The original story appears here.

All I can say to this, as a GoDaddy customer, is WOW.  Just WOW WOW WOW.

GoDaddy transferred the ownership details to a 3rd Party without confirming the changes with the original account owner, and then refused to transfer them back to the original owner, even after filing a dispute, because they were no longer the owner (because the now-owner/attacker denied the request apparently).

I also hold PayPal highly accountable for this, as that’s how the attacker apparently gained access to the personal information that started the whole chain reaction.  I no longer maintain a Paypal account (at least not one linked to any cards or bank accounts) but I DO use GoDaddy and I am VERY worried about this now.

My domain isn’t worth squat, but the idea that someone could take it away from me is thoroughly depressing.

Good grief.

I entered a support ticket with GoDaddy asking for clarification and a response and I’ll let you know if I get one.

Good luck Naoki.


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