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Twitter Mistakenly Resets Passwords After Hack

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Unspecified amount of Twitter users sent email prompting them to reset their passwords.

Following a number of Twitter users receiving emails prompting them to change their passwords due to a potential hack, Twitter has issued a statement confirming it was an accident on their part.

In the e-mail, the microblogging site had said, "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."

While it remains unclear how many were been affected by the password reset e-mail, Twitter said it was sent to a wider group of users than intended.

"We're committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community," it said. "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."

"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."

If you're worried about the security of your account, navigate towards Settings and then Password to change it.

 

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    Anonymous , November 8, 2012 10:37 PM
    CEO: Woops, sorry.. Wrong button.
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    joytech22 , November 8, 2012 10:44 PM
    I didn't get this E-Mail so I guess I'm in the clear.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 8, 2012 10:45 PM
    Never knew that there was a site called "Toms Games" by clicking on "Zak Islam" hyperlink.
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    osamabinrobot , November 8, 2012 10:48 PM
    better safe than sorry
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    zulutech , November 8, 2012 10:56 PM
    Jesus Zak, please read through you're articles before you post them. I find grammatical errors, or spelling mistakes on every single one.
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    zulutech , November 8, 2012 10:57 PM
    Well this is ironic. your*
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2012 11:27 PM
    ...and what's this "navigate towards" shit? Most people just click on links these days.
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2012 11:48 PM
    "...number of user..." not "...amount of users..."
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    Darkk , November 9, 2012 12:06 AM
    I make a habit of changing my passwords on different websites using KeePass's password generator. Another important thing to note is use different user IDs on the sites so it'll be harder to guess your user ID and password combo.

    Other websites uses two-factor authentication which is nice.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2012 12:45 AM
    If Twitter changes my password, and then sends an email IN CLEAR TEXT about changing my password again... anyone can intercept my email and change my password to whatever they want.

    How is that "safe"????
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    miami , November 9, 2012 1:55 AM
    My accounts were not effected for sure. Will those effected be able to reset their passwords
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    techcurious , November 9, 2012 2:34 AM
    zulutechWell this is ironic. your*

    You do not have the responsibility of posting material that at least hundreds will read, and yet you came back to correct your typo! ;) 
    That's a quality that is greatly lacking in most of the Tom's writers of late..
    I have actually noticed, their "News" writers do not have the professionalism to care about such things, but their product review writers still do to some extent. But unfortunately, I have also noticed that Tom's hardly does any reviews anymore.
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    _Cosmin_ , November 9, 2012 1:59 PM
    techcuriousYou do not have the responsibility of posting material that at least hundreds will read, and yet you came back to correct your typo! That's a quality that is greatly lacking in most of the Tom's writers of late..I have actually noticed, their "News" writers do not have the professionalism to care about such things, but their product review writers still do to some extent. But unfortunately, I have also noticed that Tom's hardly does any reviews anymore.


    That will not happend if they START TO LET USERS EDIT THEIR POSTS !
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