Many Twitter users have been locked out of their accounts today, following a suspected phishing attack. They received a message stating:
“Due to concern that your account may have been compromised in a phishing attack that took place off-Twitter, your password was reset. Please create a new password by opening this link in your browser: (UNIQUE PASSWORD RESET LINK)”
TechCrunch reports that Twitter has not yet released details about the attack, but maybe the addendum to the message might point to the cause:
“As a reminder, you should be extraordinary suspicious of any third party that offers to artificially inflate your follower count. We do not endorse any of these sites.”
At first, people were worried that the message is actually part of a phishing attack, but getting their access denied convinced them it was a legitimate request.