Quora Data Breach Exposes Personal Data of 100 Million Users

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  • Quora has disclosed a breach exposing personal information of 100 million customers
  • On Friday the company discovered a unauthorized access in one of their systems.
  • The exposed data includes personal data of customers, public content and non- public content.
  • The company has started notifying the affected customers via email.

Question and answer website Quora has disclosed a data breach exposing personal data of around 100 million customers.

In a statement yesterday the company announced that they discovered unauthorized access in one of their systems by a malicious third party on last Friday.

“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. We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.”

The data exposed in the breach are account information of customers such as name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, authorised data imported from linked networks.

Public content and actions such as questions, answers, comments, upvotes and non-public content and actions such as answer requests, downvotes, direct messages were also exposed in the data breach.

Questions and answers that were written anonymously were not compromised in the breach.

Adam D’Angelo, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Quora said they have started the investigation and have taken additional steps to improve their security.

The company said they have started notifying affected customers about the breach via email. As a precaution, all users who are affected by the breach will be logged out of their account and will be forced to reset their passwords.

Users are also advised to change their passwords if they use the same password in other accounts also.

“It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again.” said in the statement published by Quora.

For more details, you can visit the post published by Quora here.

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