Twitter Accounts Compromised

"Twitter passwords"Twitter users have been receiving emails from the micro-blogging site warning them that their accounts may have been compromised by a third party.

According to a report by BBC News thousands of Twitter users have been warned about the compromise of their accounts.

But further problems have also faced Twitter with the site sending out emails to other Twitter account holders saying that there had been problems with their accounts when there hadn’t been.

Some of the effect accounts included high profile users including the BBC.

Twitter alerted users to the problem and informed them that some passwords had been reset on the site following the compromise although there has been no word from Twitter as to how many accounts were affected and what the extent of the compromise was.

A statement from Twitter said: “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 along with information about creating a new password.  This is a routine part of our process to protect our users.

“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised.

“We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”

Problems that seem to affecting users with compromised accounts include tweets being deleted without the users knowledge and other users seeing spam being posted in their name.

Twitter has been criticised by some because of the way they have handled the problem.

The email that was sent out to user who had been affected by the third party compromise looking like a “Phishing scam” according to some of the people who were sent it thus leading to users not opening the email and deleting it before they could find out that it was actually a real email.

There has been no news about whether the compromise of the Twitter account came from a group or an individual trying to hack into the system and the company maintains that there has been no security breach.

Twitter is said to regularly reset the passwords of any accounts they believe may have been accessed by hackers.

The compromise led to Twitter also trying to reinforce users awareness of security while using their site and took the opportunity to remind people not to follow up on pitches that say they can increase your number of followers as this form of site has “been known to damage user accounts”.

When using Twitter you are advised to ensure that the correct URL appears in the web browser bar and not a similar looking URL which may actually be a scam.

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