Twitter mistakenly resets passwords of some users

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 2:52 p.m.

Twitter says it mistakenly reset the passwords of some users as part of a routine security check-up.

The mix-up on Thursday triggered warnings on technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had been attacked by computer hackers.

Twitter sought to clear up the confusion with a post on its website a few hours after it sent out emails alerting some users that their accounts had been compromised. Twitter says its security specialists had reset a larger number of passwords than they intended. Despite the mistake, Twitter says only a very small percentage of its more than 140 million users had their passwords affected.

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