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Twitter resets user passwords by mistake

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Twitter has yesterday contacted a large number of users, and pointed out that your password has been reset. It was a response to a security incident at another site, it was in the news. A spokesman however later, informed that the action was triggered by an error.

Many users had discussed in social networks about the warning. The text said: "Twitter believes that your account could be been compromised by a not associated with Twitter website or a service. We have reset your password to prevent unauthorized access to your account."

Similar messages had sent out multiple social networking sites in recent months, after user name and passwords for third-party systems were stolen. Risk specifically, whenever user name and password for two services are identical.

In this case it was a Twitter spokesperson according to but a false alarm. "We have sent inadvertently some instructions to reset passwords due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience." How many users were incorrectly notified didn't Twitter.

Twitter had made a similar mistake once before in November 2012. After a security incident, it had to reset then some passwords. Mistakenly it carried out but this operation for far more users, than were actually affected.

With good reason - Yahoo has carried out this year already a password reset -. It had discovered compromised account data in a database, which originated not by him, but could be used also for Yahoo mail.

[with material by Steven Musil,]

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