Twitter goofed, sending out a deluge of password-reset emails on Monday evening that turned out to have been triggered by a system error.
Here’s part of the email sent to affected users:
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.
You'll need to create a new password for your Twitter account...
A spokesperson owned up to the glitch on The Next Web and other news outlets after a number of users received the messages.
TNW quoted the Twitter spokesperson:
We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience.
There’s no indication that the problem stems from anything other than a simple error.
But, while we’re here, it’s worth making sure you’re not one of the majority of people who still use the same password across multiple sites.
Real breaches happen all too often, so it’s wise to not reuse passwords.
If someone gets hold of that one-password-fits-all, they get the keys to your online kingdom.
Don’t make it easy for them.