Twitter forces password reset on millions of accounts, denies hack

June 10, 2016

It may be the season for megabreaches but Twitter has denied that millions of its user accounts have been hacked—nonetheless it has pushed out an unknown number of password resets.

The company dismissed claims that Twitter names and passwords had been leaked online. Its security officer Michael Coates said in a blog post:

We’ve investigated claims of Twitter names and passwords available on the “dark web,” and we’re confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter’s servers.

The purported Twitter names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we’re acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.

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