Massive data breach at Quora

Massive data breach at Quora

Question-and-answer website Quora on Tuesday said that its site was hacked on November 30, 2018 with more than 100 million users affected.

However, it says account and user information such as name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalisation data, public actions and content including drafts, data imported from linked networks you've authorised and non-public actions like answer requests and downvotes were compromised. The breached data also included public content and actions, such as questions, answers, comments, and upvotes.

Questions and answers written anonymously were not affected, as Quora explained that they don't store identities of people who post anonymous content.

"This is one of the most significant data breaches in history given the size - about 500 million people are affected - and the sensitivity of the personal information that was stolen", said industry analyst Ted Rossman. If you've used Google or Facebook to log in, or you've connected your Quora account with Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, "we receive certain profile and account information about you from the Linked Network".

The company disclosed the breach today but said it discovered the hack last week, on Friday. Some unauthorised third-party gained access to the company's systems.

Quora, the platform that help users to connect about various topics, reported a security breach. Account information, including name, email address, encrypted passwords and other information of users may have been compromised, it added.

The company adds that they believe they have tracked down the root cause of the breach and is making security improvements.

If you think you have a Quora account, the best thing to do is change your password. "We have also notified law enforcement officials".

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