Quora Breach: Question-and-Answer Site Said Hackers Stole Personal Data of Over 100 Million Users

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World-famous question-and-answer website Quora reported that hackers gained access to the personal data of as many as 100 million of its users.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know the details.

More questions than answers now

Quora discovered on Friday that one of its systems had been hacked by “a malicious third party” and data of approximately 100 million users were stolen, Quora co-founder and CEO Adam D’Angelo said in a blog post.

According to the report, hackers get access to:

  • account information, e.g. name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password,
  • data imported from linked networks when authorized by users;
  • public content and actions, e.g. questions, answers, comments, upvotes
  • non-public content and actions, e.g. answer requests, downvotes, direct messages (note that a low percentage of Quora users have sent or received such messages).

“We’re still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials,” D’Angelo wrote in the blog post.

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The site is now notifying affected users and logging them out.

“We believe we’ve identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements,” D’Angelo said.
Quora bills itself as “a place where you can ask questions you care about and get answers that are amazing.”

The site’s data breach is the latest in a series of high-profile hacks.


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