The popular question and answer forum website Quora.com has made an announcement stating that hackers have breached their system. At this time, the hackers have accessed encrypted passwords along with usernames for up to 100 million accounts.
Adam D’Angelo, Quora’s chief executive, stated in a letter to affected users that a malicious third party has broken into one of their systems. Users were also advised that they had been logged out of the system and needed to enter in a new password. Quora says that digital forensics teams are currently working hard to fix the security issue, and law enforcement has been notified.
Some of the information that was hacked includes not only questions and answers that might be seen publicly, but also personal data such as:
- IP (internet protocol) address
- Email address
- Account settings
- Encrypted passwords
Quora states that while the investigation is still in process, they have taken the necessary steps to contain the breach. Adam D’Angelo is also claiming that Quora’s top priority is protecting their users and preventing this type of data breach from happening again.
The popular site has undergone criticism from users complaining about having to provide so much personal information while creating a Quora account.
Quora stated that they became aware of the breach on November 30th, and have claimed that users worldwide are affected. The company has also ensured that they are notifying every affected user and encouraging them that identity theft is highly unlikely in this situation. Quora doesn’t collect sensitive data such as credit cards or social security numbers when users sign up.
Unfortunately, Quora is just the latest victim of a very high-profile hack. Just last week, Marriott Hotels announced that the personal data of up to 500 million guests of the Starwood brand might have been stolen. Only guests who have stayed at the hotels between 2014 and 2018 were affected. Earlier this year, Yahoo! announced a breach of up to a whopping three billion accounts.