(The Hosting News) – Social network Twitter recently moved to reset its profile passwords following a purported breach of user accounts. However, the company admitted on Thursday that it had erred by actually resetting too many.
“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised,” stated the social network via its Status blog.
And while you can never be too cautious with data breaches, perhaps the mass password resets initiated stirred up some confusion in the Twittersphere.
If the hack reaction seemed confusing, the breach was perhaps more so.
Tech Crunch was notably affected with a work from home scam being posted via its Twitter feed. However, a number of reports pointed out a variety of other problems, making it hard to trace who or what was actually responsible.
“Tracing a Twitter hack is extremely difficult, after all, and some of those who tweeted about having their accounts hijacked admitted that they couldn’t really tell who the culprit was,” explained a blog post from security firm Sophos.
In February of 2010, the top social site asked its users to reset passwords in reaction to what was thought to have been a phishing attack.