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Twitter resets users' passwords 'by mistake'

social media Updated: Mar 05, 2014 11:46 IST

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Microblogging site Twitter reportedly sent emails to thousands of its users, prompting them to change their passwords, but later clarified that the emails were sent accidentally.

The password-reset emails were sent to users, sparking rumours if the service had been hacked.

The emails came with a warning saying that user accounts might have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter and that the site has reset the passwords to prevent access to the accounts, the BBC reports.

According to the report, Twitter blamed a 'system error' for the emails; however, those who received the notice would still need to reset their passwords.

Cybercriminals and hacker groups like the Syrian Electronic Army ( SEA) have been long associated with exploiting the platform for tricking users into unwittingly giving out their log-in details.