A coveted and allegedly valuable Twitter handle that was reported stolen last month has been reacquired by its original owner.
Naoki Hiroshima, the owner of the Twitter handle @N, reported in January that he had lost his username to an unidentified hacker. Hiroshima, who said he was once offered as much as $50,000 for it, reported in a tweet this afternoon that he had regained control of the account:
Order has been restored.— Naoki Hiroshima (@N) February 25, 2014
It wasn't immediately clear how Hiroshima regained control of the account he said he lost last month in a deal with a hacker who had hijacked his GoDaddy account, which houses both his domain names and vanity e-mail address. In exchange for the GoDaddy account, the attacker also said he wanted full control over the @N Twitter username, a move that Hiroshima said he reluctantly agreed to.
Upon making the trade (and creating his new Twitter username, @N_is_Stolen), Hiroshima was given back his GoDaddy account. The hacker also provided tips on how to secure it.