Data breach in Quora impacts 100 million users
What is Quora ?
Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users. Its publisher, Quora Inc., is based in Mountain View, California. The company was founded in June 2009, and the website was made available to the public on June 21, 2010. Users can collaborate by editing questions and suggesting edits to answers that have been submitted by other users.
It is marketed, as a place to gain and share knowledge. It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers. “This empowers people to learn from each other and to better understand the world”, writes Quora
100 million you say ?
Yesterday Quora stated that data for approximately 100 million Quora users “was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party“. But, actually the breach dates back to November 30th.
The scary thing: some might have a Quora account that they don’t know about. The Q and A site is linked to Facebook quizzes – and some users have found they have Quora accounts that they’re pretty sure they never signed up for.
At a time of increasing cyber-attacks and data breaches being disclosed every day, it makes sense to delete accounts you no longer use.
What data is impacted ?
Quora themselves say the following was compromised:
- Encrypted, hashed passwords
- email addresses,
- data imported from linked networks when authorized by users
- Public and non-public content
- actions taken (e.g. questions, answers, comments, upvotes, direct messages…)
- Update your Quora password immediately
- Update any account anywhere with the same or a similar password
- Delete accounts you no longer use
Cyber-attacks continue to hit firms that hold huge amounts of data, you also have to be careful about who you trust. Internet giants Facebook and Google have already suffered breaches and leaks this year. It’s important to think before you sign up to anything and ensure you know what technology companies are doing to safeguard your data.
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