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.
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, http://twitter.com, was visible in the web browser bar instead of a similar alternative.
Source: The Daily Mail