Twitter Freaks Everyone Out By Accidentally Sending A Bunch Of Password Reset Emails

If you received an email from Twitter telling you to change your password and do it now, take a deep breath and don’t panic. You (probably) weren’t hacked and it’s not a phishing scam — someone at Twitter basically hit the wrong button late last night and sent an email to a bunch of people that weren’t meant to get it.

After a whole lot of users started sounding off last night that Twitter had sent an email asking them to change their passwords for security reasons, whispers of a hack or something else dastardly being afoot started, TechCrunch reported.

“Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” read the original email. “We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.”

But while the emails were very real, the email was a glitch, and your account wasn’t in danger unless it was a case of coincidental timing and you’ve noticed other signs of an account breach (spam direct messages or Tweets sent on your behalf, etc.). In which case, yes, change your password.

“We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience,” Twitter said in a statement after last night’s snafu.

Was Your Twitter Password Just Reset? Don’t Panic — Twitter Screwed Up [TechCrunch]