Popular question and answer site Quora.com is the latest network to be hit by a massive data breach, where intruders managed to access and steal potentially sensitive data of over 100 million users.
While Quora.com isn’t hugely popular this side of the world, you will still stumbled upon the site while Googling for answers to random questions. Representatives from Quora.com, in a post published on Monday confirmed the unauthorized access on their network, discovered on Friday.
Compromised information includes hashed passwords, user names, email addressed, questions and answers, as well as data imported from linked networks. There has been no official confirmation yet as to what linked data Quora imports from social logins from popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
“It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again.”
Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo
Quora.com has since logged our all affected users, and all old passwords have been invalidated. Quora has also sent out an email to all affected users, detailing the breach, as well as next steps required to be taken to protect their accounts from being compromised.
Whether you are affected by this breach or not, we at Lowyat.NET would like to remind you to use long and complex passwords that is unique to each website – as opposed to using a same similar password for all sites. This will automatically minimize the impact of any data breach that seems to be happening at a very high rate of late. Last week, the Marriott hotel chain experienced a breach that exposed details of over 500 million of their customers.