Twitter resets passwords

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Twitter has reset an unknown number of accounts following the offer of millions of usernames and passwords for its service for sale on the dark web.

Although the social media company continues to insist that its systems were not compromised, in a blog post its Trust & Information Security Officer Michael Coates said the organization had "cross-checked the data with our records."

As a result, "a number of Twitter accounts were identified for extra protection." In other words, some of the data was current. The specific accounts – Coates doesn't say how many – were locked and their users emailed and told to reset their passwords.

The post also provides some quick and easy advice on passwords: use two-factor auth; don't reuse passwords; and use a password manager to keep track of strong passwords. ®

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