The discovery of a suspicious activity has driven Reddit into ‘locking down’ a substantial number of its user accounts as a security concern.
Reddit brought up that the main cause of the accounts lockdown is caused by the utilization of straightforward and simple to detect passwords on its site and from the reuse of those passwords on different services. However, the users claim that they were still locked out of their accounts even after utilizing solid passwords and not utilizing the Reddit credentials on different sites.
While a few users reported that their accounts were locked in spite of the fact that the activity page indicates they were the only ones getting to them, others rather revealed that somebody got to their accounts and were accessing them from numerous locations around the world.
The users who were unfortunately locked out from their accounts were requested yet again to reset their passwords to re-establish their respective accounts.
“Over the next few hours, affected accounts will be allowed to reset their passwords to be unlocked and restored. This will take the form of either a notification to the account (yes, you’ll be able to log in to get it) and/or an email to any support ticket you’ve already sent in.
It may be a little while before you receive your notice, but please be patient. There’s no need to file additional support tickets or send messages to the admins at this time. If you haven’t seen any update by tomorrow, contact us at that time via the Help Centre.
We’re sorry for the unpleasant surprise and are working to get you all back to redditing as usual. I’ll be monitoring this thread for a while to answer questions where I can, but please keep in mind we can’t answer most account-specific inquiries in public,” concluded the Reddit Admin.