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November 08, 2012

Twitter Asks Countless Users to Change Passwords

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

If you recently received a message from Twitter (News - Alert) asking you to change your password, you are not alone.

The message from Twitter read, “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.”

 Many Twitter users have been left scratching their heads as to whether it was a legitimate notice from Twitter or just another one of the multitudes of bogus messages that get sent out by hackers and scammers.  Since the original message was sent out, Twitter has yet to offer any further information or explanation about the security breach.  No status changes have made mention of the breach, nor has there been anything written on the blog. Not only have they not readily made any statements, they have not replied when asked directly for a statement.

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Twitter has warned, “Always check that your browser's address bar is on an website before entering your password. Phishing sites often look just like Twitter, so check the URL before entering your login information.”

Twitter has also told users to check the link sent to them through an e-mail because it can be disguised by hackers to send users to a malicious site often containing a virus or a program to gather information from their computer.

The e-mail that has been sent out provides a link that takes users to a page for resetting their passwords and seeing which third party applications have been approved for use on their Twitter account. A Twitter news site that contains information about Twitter and tips to utilize your Twitter account, TweetSmarter, says that Twitter usually sends out these types of e-mails asking users to reset their passwords when Twitter has discovered that large numbers of Twitter accounts have been hacked by outside sources.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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