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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#844 Reddit forces password reset of 100,000 users
Reddit is enforcing the reset of 100,000 user accounts in the wake of a stream of hacked accounts.

A "general uptick" in account hijacking and takeovers, mainly by malicious -- and spam-based -- third-parties has prompted the move, according to the forum.

In a blog post this week, Reddit said that the increased rate of account takeovers comes on the heels of recent password dumps, such as the LinkedIn data breach which led to the release of data belonging to millions of users.

Reddit itself has not been compromised. Rather, password dumps, weak password choice and reusing the same account credentials for different sites are contributing to the problem.

"We've ramped up our ability to detect the takeovers, and sent out 100k password resets in the last 2 weeks," Reddit says. "More are to come as we continue to verify and validate that no one except for you is using your account."
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