11:18 am November 8, 2012, by Christopher Seward
UPDATE: Twitter is now apologizing for prompting more people than necessary to change their passwords after believing some had been compromised.
In a posting this afternoon, Twitter acknowledged, “We unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised.”
The micro-messaging site said that when it believes 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.”
But in this case, Twitter said it had mistakenly reset accounts that didn’t need to be reset. “We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”
EARLIER REPORT: Twitter is alerting an unknown number of users that they should change their passwords because their accounts may have been compromised.
The popular micro-messaging service didn’t disclose the nature of the compromise or the number of users affected, but industry observers say it must be a large amount given the flood of tweets from users who have had to make a change after getting the message, “You need to reset your password to log in.”
In an email, Twitter says: “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter.”
The website TechCrunch says its own Twitter account was compromised and it is advising users to not click on any links that look like this: (update: we’ve now booted out the spammers and regained control of the TC Twitter account).
Twitter warns users not to reuse an old password and be sure to use a strong password that has a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
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