Passwords from 100 million Quora users stolen in data breach

04 December, 2018, 16:24 | Author: Mary Valdez
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It other words, it was hacked.

Quora said, in a statement emailed to members, that they are now investigating exactly how the breach occurred.

"Quora is unique in that sense, it's a tech company from the grounds up headquartered in the Silicon Valley having around 300 Million monthly active users".

The thing was, a lot of people who were notified didn't even know they had an account for the site. The email is an exact copy of the post on the Quora website.

"We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future", Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo said in the post, adding that it's now in the process of notifying users whose data has been affected.

"This is one of the most significant data breaches in history given the size - about 500 million people are affected - and the sensitivity of the personal information that was stolen", said CreditCards.com industry analyst Ted Rossman.

One tweeted: "Nothing like a data breach to remind me that I have a Quora account".

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You've probably already received an email from Quora if your data was compromised.

Other non-public content is also impacted by the breach which is answer requests, downvotes, direct messages.

Basically anything that wasn't done anonymously on the site was compromised. Anyone who had reused a password elsewhere is advised to create a new password for that account too. Even if it was different, it never hurts to switch up your passwords. Those wishing to delete their account can do so in the settings section and the deactivation will happen immediately.

What is Quora doing about it?

In a blog post, Quora's CEO Adam D'Angelo said the company believes that the root cause had been identified and that it has "taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we'll continue to make security improvements".

He added that they have also notified law enforcement officials.

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