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.
The article includes several good suggestions on how to protect yourself online. But the biggest thing that needs to happen is companies who need our sensitive information need to be more vigilant about keeping that information safe.