TWITTER APPARENTLY has handed Naoki Hiroshima back his coveted @N identity.
Hiroshima lost the account around a month ago in an unusual hijacking, which he covered in detail on his blog.
He said that his Twitter name was stolen by a stranger who approached him about the username and how he might be encouraged to part with it.
He was not keen to give it up, but his new correspondent persevered, and through what apparently was a combination of guile and social engineering managed to wrest control of @N from Paypal, Godaddy and ultimately Hiroshima himself.
At the time, both Godaddy and Paypal spoke up, and the former promised that it would change some of its policies. Paypal said that it did not hand over any pertinent information.
Hiroshima spent the time between then and now lamenting what happened and wondering whether he would ever get satisfaction. He claimed that he was offered as much as $50,000 for the account in the past, but regardless of that, we assume that he had become rather accustomed to using it.
Well, this week things began to happen. Hiroshima tweeted that his case had a 'solved' flag on it a couple of days ago, but was unable to say how it had been solved or what it meant.
Order has been restored.— Naoki Hiroshima (@N) February 25, 2014
Then today he tweeted that 'solved' meant solved and now he has his @N back.
While Twitter hasn't confirmed to The INQUIRER that it processed the restoration for Hiroshima, he thanked the micro blog and the people who work for it in a later message.
"This is a happy ending not only for me but also for sane employees and loyal users of Twitter's," he said. "Congrats to those, too."
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