December 04, 2018

100 Million Quora Users Affected by Data Breach

By Richard L. Kuper

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.


Richard L. Kuper

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