Poloniex exchange is forcing its users to reset their passwords after a list of email addresses and passwords has been leaked on social media.

Last week, the exchange notified customers of the leak, adding that the information could be used to access Poloniex accounts, ZDNet said.

"Your Poloniex password has been reset."

The email was shared on Twitter by user charlysatoshi, who initially thought it was a phishing scam. However, Poloniex support confirmed on the social network that was a legitimate email.

Exchange also claimed that most of the emails listed are not attached to Poloniex accounts.

“While almost all email addresses listed do not belong to Poloniex accounts, we are forcing a password reset on any email address that has an account with us, including yours,” says the email.

On the same day as the email, a tweet advising users to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) on their accounts.

It is not clear where the data leak came from, who exactly was behind it, or if any account was accessed by malicious people.

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