Twitter users may be scratching their heads Thursday morning after the social media site "unintentionally" reset passwords for an unknown number of accounts.
According to a post on Twitter's status page around 9:30 a.m., when site runners believe an account to be compromised they will reset the password. In the post they admitted they inadvertently reset the passwords for a "larger number of accounts."
Wednesday, Mashable reported their offices and TechCrunch fell victim to a Twitter hack that caused their account to tweet spam.
@ TechCrunch : We are good now, but please don't click the '$250 tweet' links as we were hacked," TechCrunch tweeted around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
For users whose accounts may be threatened, Twitter is requesting users verify their identity by providing either their phone number, email address or Twitter handle.
The micro-blogging site then sends users a password reset request email that allows them to do so by clicking on a link.
Twitter posted the below statement on their website Thursday morning.
We’re committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community. As part of that commitment, 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 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 apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.
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