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Quora suffers major security breach, 100 million users’ data exposed

Source : Hindustan Times

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Major security breach of Quora

Quora, the popular knowledge-sharing website, has been hit with a major cyber breach.

About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthorised access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party,” said the company in a blog post.

“We’re still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials,” Quora co-founder and CEO Adam D’Angelo wrote in the post.

According to Quora, account information, including name, email address, encrypted (hashed) passwords and data imported from linked networks when authorised by users may have been compromised.

Hackers also gained access to some public content and actions such as answers, upvotes, comments and questions.

Quora pointed out that comments posted anonymously on the platform have not been affected by the latest security breach.

What is Quora doing?

The company said it is logging out all Quora users who may have been affected to prevent further damage.

“We are in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised,” D’Angelo further wrote.

What Quora users should do?

Quora says the latest data breach is unlikely to result in identity theft as it does not collect sensitive private information of users. Quora users for now can reset their passwords to stay safe.

If you want to simply delete your Quora account, visit your account privacy settings and choose “Delete Account”. The site will ask you to enter your password to confirm the deletion of the account.

If you have created the account using Google or Facebook plug-ins, you need to first generate a password by clicking the “Change Password” link and then click on “create an account password.”

Note the process of account deletion takes up to 14 days and if you log-in again during this period, the account will be reactivated.

“Once the 14-day grace period has expired and your account has been deleted, your content and profile will be permanently deleted, and personal data associated with your account will be removed from Quora’s databases,” says the company on its website.