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55,000 Twitter user names and passwords leaked

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twitter-logoTwitter is trying to work out how more than 55,000 user names and passwords were leaked to an online file sharing website

A file posted to Pastebin.com appeared to contain the user names and passwords of more than 35,000 active Twitter accounts and 20,000 redundant accounts.

“We are looking into the situation and have pushed out password resets to potentially affected accounts,” Twitter said in a statement today.

According to Twitter, the files posted to Pastebin.com contained spam accounts and incorrect log-in details.

Claims that the breach was engineered by hackers from the online activist group Anonymous were dismissed by Twitter as untrue.

Users who are concerned about the security of their Twitter account can go here to reset their password.

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