A lot of people (well certain people) have been fussing about Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returning to the company as it’s new CEO. While I think he’ll easily be better than his predecessor Dick Costolo, I see no cause to celebrate. The magic in Twitter has always been the connections between people and the ability …Continue reading "In which I fail to cheer for @Jack’s return to #Twitter"
I have finally finished compiling my detailed timeline of how I got hacked and then unhacked myself. It includes the exact times that I received password reset messages, when I wrote to support, when they wrote back to help, when they gave me the finger, etc. I’ve got it all in a spreadsheet. Now, how can …Continue reading "How to tell my story"
So, on Monday I attended an historic protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. My phone was in-hand nearly the entire time (see goofy pic), as my main goal was documenting the civil disobedience and arrests of five elected officials from Orange County, NC. However, I found myself only able to retweet others from the …Continue reading "Choose ONE: Hootsuite or Twitter verification"
So right after my Twitter account was hacked I learned that Twitter had finally implemented 2-step authentication just days earlier. I have now turned it on, of course. But the really gigantic part of getting hacked was losing control over my entire Dreamhost account including several websites, e-mail addresses, and domain names. Today I learned …Continue reading "Doing the 2-step"
I think this makes it pretty clear how seriously Twitter takes their security: The guy who hacked my account is still happily tweeting away about the latest social engineering methods and how it was my fault that he hacked into my personal accounts so he could try to sell @Ruby on hackerforum.net. Better late than …Continue reading "Twitter <3's hackers, apparently"
I’m not going to post everything that has been going on yesterday and today (yet) as the hackers are reading my Tumblr. I have to share some amusing and quite public links. Meet my hacker “Isolate.” This is the person who hacked most of my digital life so he could try to sell @ruby for …Continue reading "Shits & giggles for the rest of us"
Last night at about 12:30 am I recovered access to my web hosting account at Dreamhost. This contains personal and professional websites and e-mail accounts for me, and several former clients and employers. Importantly, this allowed me to get back the only address through which Twitter would talk to me. So early this morning I was able to …Continue reading "I’m baaack!"
I am back into my account! I think the social pressure helped, so thanks to EVERYONE who has been sharing my story. Next up, restoring my Twitter profile, including the content. This looks promising: https://twitter.com/dickc/status/339600124584030208Continue reading "Thank you, Dreamhost!"
A few people now have contacted me about the hacker forum where my Twitter name (with no tweets and no followers) is now available for the low, low price of $70! You have to register on the forum to see it, but the URL is http://www.hackforums.net/showthread.php?tid=3508538 in case you’re curious. My friend Christina actually logged in. …Continue reading "@ruby for sale"
You don’t think you can do anything about this? Cause you’re not sure if the account maybe doesn’t belong to the person in control of it? Really??? Thanks to Travis C for the tip about the new Twitter bio. In case anyone is curious, I’m not going to buy my own account back from some …Continue reading "Really, Twitter?"