Hackers get into Quora.com, More than 100 Million Quora Accounts Compromised
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Hackers get into Quora.com, More than 100 Million Quora Accounts Compromised

Quora, where people can share and gain knowledge, be it tech industry or any type of questions. Now news is coming that more than 100 Million Quora Accounts were affected by data breach.

Quora is sending out an email to users where it is providing details on the data breach and how hackers got into Quora. It is also being said that more than 100 Million users are affected by this and what we will suggest is going ahead and changing your passwords.

More than 100 Million Quora Accounts Compromised

It all has happened due to a third party app access to Quora and we will cut out the details coming from Quora to it’s users. 

Here are some details coming from the emails shared by Quora on what has happened.

On Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to 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.

100 Million Quora Accounts Compromised – To Do Actions

It also suggests that not only emails or accounts but any drafts, saved data and even passwords were also compromised. Quora has also sent out details on what information was taken out –

  • Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalization data
  • Public actions and content including drafts, e.g. questions, answers, comments, blog posts, upvotes
  • Data imported from linked networks when authorized by you, e.g. contacts, demographic information, interests, access tokens (now invalidated)

The questions or answers which were posted or asked anonymously are not effected by this as mentions email from Quora. Below is also what Quora is doing on this data breach –

  • We’re in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, we are logging out all Quora users who may have been affected, and, if they use a password as their authentication method, we are invalidating their passwords.
  • We believe we’ve identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements.

Here is what Quora suggests it’s users to do and we will also suggest you to first change your passwords. Thereafter take any secondary actions, Go ahead and get to Quora community.

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