Twitter sent a number of password reset emails on Monday evening due to a system error. The firm contacted users with the sort of messages usually seen when attackers are taking over accounts. Twitter send out a mail to less than 1% of user quoted “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’re reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,” said Twitter in an email to some users.
As expected, these emails caused a lot of frustration among Twitter users, who believed there was a real security issue affecting their accounts. A Twitter spokesperson, however, has now acknowledged that the emails in question had been sent by accident, and there’s nothing more than an error. “We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error,” the company reckoned in a statement to CNET. “We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience.”
Twitter’s email has been shared on the microblogging website, of course, and picked up by the Recode website. The missive presented itself as one of those ‘you’ve been hacked’ emails, and informed users about their scorched logins
This isn’t the first time that this has happened. A little over a year ago, Twitter sent the same email to many users–but that time the company had a reason. In November of 2012, Twitter believed that a small subset of user account had been compromised, but they accidentally reset too many user passwords–way more than they felt had possibly been compromised.
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