Passwords from 100 million Quora users stolen in data breach

Jeannie Matthews
December 4, 2018

Quora found the breach on November 30th and said it is still investigating.

Quora relies on the website traffic that comes from people searching questions in their browsers.

Presumably, Quora power users are included in this breach, and there have certainly been a few celebrities who've used the platform over the years, like the 44th president of the United States.

You've probably already received an email from Quora if your data was compromised.

100 million users are affected, with the hackers making off with important account information including names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and "data imported from linked networks when authorized by users".

Also compromised was non-public content such as answer requests, downvotes and direct messages, d'Angelo said.

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"It is highly unlikely that this incident will result in identity theft, as we do not collect sensitive personal information like credit card or social security numbers", the company added later today in a help page regarding the incident.

If you think you have a Quora account, the best thing to do is change your password. Even if it was different, it never hurts to switch up your passwords.

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

The breach does not affect question and answers that are written anonymously because Quora does not store the identities of people who post anonymous content, according to the blog.

Quora has started notifying users whose data has been compromised, and will log them out of the site "out of an abundance of caution".

"We are notifying affected Quora users", the statement said. "We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed".

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