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Quora Confirms Massive Breach Impacting 100 Million Users

  • Salman Ahmed
  • 4th Dec, 2018

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“Quora says around 100 million users data exposed during the breach that includes private messages, emails, upvotes, passwords and Account details.”

A few days back, Marriot hotel group loss confidential data of 500 the million customers in a data breach. And today Quora, one of the largest Q/A online forum told media that around 100 million users data breached by an anonymous group of hackers. According to Quora, hackers get access to its servers and steal the data of almost half of its users.

Quora revealed the breach today but also stated that they found it last week. Furthermore, Quora told that they are still investigating regarding who are hackers behind this massive data breach. Although their a technical team already figures it out what kind of information hackers’ access in a data breach:

List of Data Breach by Hackers

Account Information

  • Name, email address, encrypted password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users.

Public Content Data

  • Public content and actions (e.g., questions, answers, comments, upvotes

Personal Activities

  • Non-public content and actions (e.g., answer requests, downvotes, direct messages)

The majority of data, which is access by hackers, already fell in public category. However, the data that contains confidential data is severe, according to Quora CEO “Adam D’ Angelo.

He further said, “Questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach as we do not store the identities of people who post anonymous content,”

What is the Next Step?

In response, the Quora officials updated the help page, which says, “It is highly unlikely that this incident will result in identity theft, as we do not collect sensitive personal information like credit card or social security numbers.”

Additionally, Quora support team has already taken the initiative by advice Quora users to log out their account.

Quora already make the affected users invalid, and they need to create their new passwords at the time of login.

Quora said it’s in the process of notifying the hack impacted all users whom it believes. The company said that not all users were affected and that “some were impacted more than others.”

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Salman Ahmed's Biography
Salman Ahmed Siddiqui is a passionate writer who loves to write about online privacy, crypto economy and trending technological developments. He loves to provide effective tips and guideline related to rising cyber challenges. When he is not writing, Salman watches Manchester United play and demonstrates his love for football with his mad FIFA skills.

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