Twitter has attempted assure its users after reports circulated of 55,000 accounts being hacked and login credentials publicly disclosed.
An anonymous hacker had published the laundry list of hacked accounts including Twitter usernames and passwords on five Pastebin entries.
The social network said that 20,000 of the total number of compromised accounts were duplicates and invalid.
The company said it was investigating the incident and has warned affected account holders to reset passwords. It did not immediately reply to SC Magazine to confirm how many users were notified.
The list of alleged accounts & passwords consists of more than 20,000 duplicates. Also suspended spam accounts & incorrect login credentials— Twitter Comms (@twittercomms) May 9, 2012
At the time of writing, the five pages of hacked accounts had between 70,000 to 80,000 views each.
The account passwords generally contained a mix of letters and numbers, and were linked to a variety of email hosting providers.
More to come.