Quora discovers data breach that may affect 100M users

Roman Schwartz
December 4, 2018

If you used Quora anonymously, you shouldn't be affected as the company said they don't store any data about anonymous posters. 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".

D'Angelo said the company is notifying users who may have been affected by the breach and invalidating their account password as a precaution.

Personal information of over 100 million Quora users including their name, email address and encrypted passwords have been compromised, the California-based popular question-and-answer platform said.

It adds that the "overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious". The company insists that only a low percentage of Quora users have sent or received such messages. The website revealed that the data of approximately 100 million users was compromised in the data breach. This is not the first instance of data compromise at Quora. "We are continuing to work very hard to remedy the situation, and we hope over time to prove that we are worthy of your trust", said Quora in its statement.

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"We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future", Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo said in the post, adding that it's now in the process of notifying users whose data has been affected.

The forum believes it has identified the root cause that allowed the hack, and is working with law enforcement on the issue.

To combat this breach, Quora logged all users out, and forced all accounts using a password as authentication to reset it. Quora back then also recommended users to change passwords.

If you want to simply delete your Quora account, visit your account privacy settings and choose "Delete Account".

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