December 04, 2018

100 Million Quora Users Affected by Data Breach

By Richard L. Kuper

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Another data breach has been reported. Quora, a question and answer website, has discovered it's system was "compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of [their] systems by a malicious third party." They estimate that 100 million Quora users were affected. Quora claims the following information was compromised:

  • Account information, such as: name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users
  • Public content and actions, such as: questions, answers, comments, upvotes
  • Non-public content and actions, such as: answer requests, downvotes, direct messages
They went on to say: "The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious."

As I stated in my article last week on the Marriot breach, I started reporting about data and security breaches over twelve (12) years ago. I am (and I suspect you also are) still waiting for corporations to put in place appropriate security measures to prevent such breaches, and to secure the privacy and personal data of their customers.

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