Quora discloses major security breach that affects 100M users

Passwords from 100 million Quora users stolen in data breach

Passwords from 100 million Quora users stolen in data breach

"We are in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised", Quora chief executive Adam D'Angelo 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", D'Angelo added. "Cyber Security needs to be built in from the design phase for any digital transformation initiative an organisation is undertaking".

The company is now in the process of logging out and invalidating users who may have been affected.

The company has launched a link answering users' concerns. "Organisations needs to really prioritize data risk assessments and access controls to ensure the data is protected from easily compromised accounts". The attackers could try email and password on popular sites after decrypting the passwords. "Often, only the technology layer is what firm's are concerned about, unlike what the hackers think though".

He added that the "overwhelming majority" of the content that was accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is "serious".

Quora users that were affected by the breach can expect an email from the website, outlining all of the relevant details. Quora is also contacting all users whose information was compromised and forcing people who use passwords to reset them.

In a statement, Quora said the situation had been "contained".

Some Twitter users, as well as tech journalists, pointed out that many may have forgotten that they even have a Quora account.

Hashed passwords are passwords stored in a site's database that are encrypted so that they aren't stored in human-readable plain text form.

Besides, in case you have used the same password of Quora on other logins, and portals, then we will suggest that you change those passwords as well. The site will ask you to enter your password to confirm the deletion of the account. Nevertheless, for your security, if you have an account on Quora change its password right now and do not reuse the same password across multiple platforms.

Or you could completely delete your account by going to your profile picture settings privacy delete account.

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