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Error results in Twitter reset password emails

Twitter freaked out its users on Monday when it sent out password reset emails. The emails weren’t sent to everyone, but the people who did get the emails were notified that a possible security issue involving a third-party was the reason behind the contact.

Twitter sent emails in error
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But, it looks like nothing was even wrong in the first place. A Twitter spokesman told CNET that the emails were an unintentional error. He apologized for the inconvenience and cited a ‘system error”.

Even though the emails were sent in error, those who received the notices will still have to reset their passwords. It is unclear how many people received the false alarm emails at the time; Twitter isn’t providing those numbers.

Their statement, in 140 characters is: “We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience.”

As TechCrunch boils it down, someone somewhere at Twitter just hit the wrong button and now you have to make a new password. Hey, maybe see this as an opportunity to make it a really good one. Get ahead of the hackers.

Users might remember last year when similar emails went out .However, those emails were the result of a real security breach when an estimated 250,000 users had their information stolen.

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