Twitter mistakenly reset ‘a large number’ ofÂ user’s accounts while they were conducting a security screening to see if any ofÂ their 140 million accounts were compromised.
Thursday’s mix-up triggered warnings onÂ technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had beenÂ attacked by computer hackers.
Twitter says its security specialists hadÂ reset a larger number of passwords than they intended.
‘In instances when we believe an account mayÂ have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting theÂ account owner know this has happened,’ Twitter said in its blog on Thursday.
Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for theÂ social-networking site, declined to say how many Twitter accounts were affectedÂ by the error.
She said that there had not been a securityÂ breach.
Twitter, which is based in San Francisco,Â regularly resets the passwords of accounts believed to have been infiltrated byÂ hackers or suspicious websites.
The company used the mass email as anÂ opportunity to remind users of some key security tips to avoid hacking in theÂ future.
They suggested to avoid pitches fromÂ companies that promise to increase the number of followers as ‘these sites haveÂ been known to damage user accounts’.
Another area for concern that they addressedÂ were Phishing sites that steal visitor’s data when accessed. In order to avoidÂ such scams, users were advised to check that the proper Twitter website,Â http://twitter.com, was visible in the web browser bar instead of a similarÂ alternative.
Source: The Daily Mail