More than 100 Million users of Quora were affected by the unauthorized access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party,” the company revealed on Monday. The account information includes the email address, name, encrypted messages and some other information of users may have been stolen.
The company said that it is logging out of all the Quora users who may have been affected to prevent further stolen and damage. The breach was discovered on last Friday, and it has also sent out emails to all the customers earlier today only.
“We are in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised,” Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo said in a blog post.
It further notes, “On Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to one of our systems. 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.”
The information which has been compromised include the name, email address, data imported from the linked networks and hashed passwords. It would also include any public content meaning any questions such as the upvotes, answers, and comments which are shared by the user.
Some other non-public content is also impacted by the breach which is answer requests, direct messages and downvotes. The company insists that only a low percentage of Quora users have received or sent such messages.
The breach as of now has not affected any of the answers and questions that are written anonymously because Quora does not store the identities of the people who post the content anonymously, according to the blog post which revealed.
Quora also notified law enforcement officials regarding this breach. “It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again,” concludes the post.
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