Quora says hackers stole data of up to 100 million users
Quora says hackers stole data, Question-and-answer website Quora on Monday said it discovered last week that hackers stole data of up to 100 million users possibly including usernames, email addresses, and an encrypted version of their passwords. The company admitted that data from other linked social networks could also be compromised. “We’re sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause,” CEO Adam D’Angelo said.
Some private actions on the site may have been taken as well. That includes requests for answers, downvotes, and direct messages. Content posted anonymously should remain anonymous, however, as Quora says it does not store identifiable information for those posts.
“The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious,” Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo wrote in a blog post this evening. The company is also sending out emails to affected users.
Quora says it has notified law enforcement and hired a digital forensics firm to investigate what happened. For now, it’s only revealing that a “a malicious third party” was able to gain “unauthorized access to one of our systems” and that it discovered the breach on Friday.