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I recall an older episode of Reply All that covered hackers going after rare handles that was really well done. They actually talk to someone involved in stealing and selling rare handles. They briefly mention that some people that do this resort to more drastic measures, but it does a good job of covering what's going on with this and how easy it is to get into. Get onto the right forum, buy a few simple tools and know a few basic social engineering techniques, and it's pretty easy to steal most people's accounts.


That said, stories like the on in the OP highlight both how sad it is that someone would endanger and even end up killing a person for a twitter handle, and how sad it is that a random call to police in this country can so easily result in a death.

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