Twitter resets passwords after hack

There appears to be some confusion surrounding the whole issue

November 9, 2012

Twitter has apparently gone down as the latest victim of hacking, with the social network forced to reset the passwords of some users’ compromised accounts.

According to a report by the BBC, “thousands” of users were affected, and have received emails informing them that their accounts have been compromised.

Though there appears to be some confusion, as some folks who weren’t affected by the security breach have had their passwords reset.

Twitter seems to be keeping pretty secretive about this one, and hasn’t said how many accounts have been hit by this issue.

The company issued a statement to say: “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 apologise for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”

It all sounds a bit of a mess – and the fact that the size of the actual breach hasn’t been clarified yet isn’t particularly comforting.

Social networks are at constant risk of hacking, as they make for pretty juicy targets, of course. It wasn’t that long ago that LinkedIn was subject to a massive breach, but the network tightened up its security considerably after that.

Hopefully Twitter will be taking similar remedial action.


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