Twitter has posted online that it has mistakenly reset’ed the passwords of “a large number of its registered users” of its more than 140 million active users while conducting routine security screening to identify accounts that may have been compromised.
“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.
“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised.”
Email from Twitter was also sent to some users early Thursday morning, Eastern Time.
“Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,”