At least 1% of Twitter users were locked out of their accounts yesterday after an unintentional password reset. Some of these users got emails on their account to the effect that the microblogging service had been compromised. Official sources at the website however confirm that the event was unprecedented and occured as the result of a system error.
“We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience.” – a Twitter spokesman.
The event triggered complaints from confused users who suspected that malicious parties had taken over the site. Affected users regained access to their accounts after updating their login details.