I’m @jb on both Twitter and Instagram. So you can imagine my username is a very heavy target. It used to be primarily because of the Jonas Brothers but of course now it’s all related to Justin Bieber. As you can imagine, with the marketing power behind his name, there’s thousands if not more companies/hackers/etc… who’d love to get their grubby hands on it for profit.
It started when I received a forgot password email from Amazon. Forgot password emails are regular for me, because of my @jb username, but this was the first I had ever received from Amazon. “Why in the world would someone want that?” Twitter released feature awhile back ago that turns off the forgot password feature unless you have some specific information about the person. This was a godsend. Unfortunately Instagram has yet to implement something similar.
I of course ignored the first email from Amazon like I normally do with any forgot password emails I get that I didn't initiate. Imagine my surprise when I received a second email about an hour later saying that my password had been successfully changed! I also had 3 fresh forgot password emails from Apple. It was clear I was being targeted.