If you received an email from Twitter prompting you to change your password due to a possible hack, you’re not alone. It was a mistake from Twitter, who has issued a statement explaining what happened.
Said Twitter in the email, “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a web site or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.” Twitter went on to say, “As part of that commitment, in instances when we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users.”
Unfortunately, Twitter reset the passwords and sent the emails to more accounts than necessary, and went on to apologize for doing so, “In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”
There was reportedly a hacking-related issue with Twitter, although Twitter is denying this. Despite their denial, there is no denying that passwords were automatically reset, which is Twitter’s automatic response to possibly compromised accounts. It never hurts to change your password every now and then, especially if you are feeling uncomfortable with Twitter’s denying that anything was wrong to begin with.
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