Twitter mistakenly reset ‘a large number’ of  user’s accounts while they were conducting a security screening to see if any of  their 140 million accounts were compromised.

Thursday’s mix-up triggered warnings on  technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had been  attacked by computer hackers.

Twitter says its security specialists had  reset a larger number of passwords than they intended.

‘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,’ Twitter said in its blog on Thursday.

In this case, we unintentionally reset  passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have  been compromised.’

Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for the  social-networking site, declined to say how many Twitter accounts were affected  by the error.

She said that there had not been a security  breach.

Twitter, which is based in San Francisco,  regularly resets the passwords of accounts believed to have been infiltrated by  hackers or suspicious websites.

The company used the mass email as an  opportunity to remind users of some key security tips to avoid hacking in the  future.

They suggested to avoid pitches from  companies that promise to increase the number of followers as ‘these sites have  been known to damage user accounts’.

Another area for concern that they addressed  were Phishing sites that steal visitor’s data when accessed. In order to avoid  such scams, users were advised to check that the proper Twitter website,, was visible in the web browser bar instead of a similar  alternative.

Source: The Daily Mail


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