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Quora reveals 100 million users affected by 'malicious third party' data breach

The security breach was discovered on Friday.

  • Published: December 4, 2018 1:33 PM IST
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Quora on Monday noted that a security breach may have compromised data of about 100 million users, and it is rapidly working to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

“We recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party,” noted Quora on its blog.

The security breach was discovered on Friday. According to Qoura, some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to one of the systems. The company is still investigating the precise causes and has notified law enforcement officials.

The compromised information includes user account information like name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users, public content and actions like questions, answers, comments, upvotes, and non-public content as well. Only the questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach.

“While the investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company,” added the blog.

As of now, Quora is notifying users with relevant details via email, and logging out people who have been affected by this breach. It is asking users to change passwords, even though these are encrypted. Additionally, a FAQ about the breach has been set up by company.

  • Published Date: December 4, 2018 1:33 PM IST