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Twitter resets passwords after possible hacking

An unknown number of Twitter users have been asked to change their passwords for fear that their accounts may have been hacked.

According to CNET, users have been sent an email from the site warning that "your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We've reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account."

TechCrunch's Twitter account seems to have been one of those hacked, as suspicious messages appeared on their feed earlier today promoting work from home scams.

The company did not confirm whether any accounts have been hacked but the security alert has affected a few high profile accounts.

"Got an e-mail from twitter telling me to change my password because they thought my account had been hacked. So I've changed it, but the only evidence of hacking I can find is that my tweet about my Observer column last Sun has disappeared. Weird," wrote British comedian David Mitchell.

A post by TweetSmarter on Wednesday revealed that in some cases when "large numbers of Twitter accounts have been hijacked," the company sends out these emails en masse, even to those whose accounts that may not have been affected.