Twitter apologises for mistakenly resetting loads of user passwords

Twitter has put its foot in it (or should that be claw, rather than foot) by accidentally resetting a large number of account passwords, and sending their owners a warning that their account had been compromised.

Yesterday, the social network sent out emails which stated: "Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter."

The message then noted: "We've reset your password to prevent accessing your account."

At first, it seemed like Twitter had been the victim of a hacker (again – some 250,000 accounts were compromised a year ago), but it turns out that the reset and email circular were actually the result of a system glitch, according to the BBC.

It’s not clear how many people were affected, but the Beeb puts the figure at “thousands,” so it sounds like quite a few. Twitter apologised for any inconvenience caused to those who were affected.

If you received an email, you will of course need to change your password anyway, in order to get back into your account. Mind you, it doesn’t hurt to change your password from time to time as good security practice (or indeed, get yourself a password manager).

It’s not surprising that Twitter users were quick to splurge out hashtags and panic about this being a genuine security breach – they’d have no reason to think otherwise, particularly given that barely a week passes without some major breach going down, these days.

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