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Twitter Accounts Compromised and Those Hacked Are Sent Password Resets

 5:33 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thousands of Twitter users have received emails warning their account has been compromised by a third party.

Some accounts had been compromised, but other users had received the emails after Twitter had unintentionally reset unaffected passwords, the company said. Twitter Accounts Compromised and Those Hacked Are Sent Password Resets [bbc.co.uk]

Twitter gave no indication of the cause or source of the compromise, and would not share details of the size of the issue.

In a statement, it said: "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.



 3:58 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'd be interested to know how many of the hacked were signed up to various follow exchange services, unless there truly was only one hacked account + a major case of butter fingers.


 8:26 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

None of the social network is safe it think it's better to discuss and share on forums like here rather than FB or twitter.
Hackers can attack Paypal, twitter, FB and next ..G+..


 6:49 pm on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

No where is 100% safe. There will always be something that the 'right' person can exploit. It may be a software issue, or server related, but there is no such thing as 100% security.

The popularity of a service is what makes it more of a target.



 5:50 am on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

And to think, a few months back there was the ability to link your American Express card with your twitter account to pay for things... pretty scary.


 3:26 am on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

Well will probably never know what application caused the issue as they reset so many that didn't even use it.

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