100 million users credentials stolen

Irving Hamilton
December 4, 2018

Quora was affected by unauthorized access to one of its systems.

Popular question and answer forum Quora is the latest to own up to a mass hack that saw account information for around 100 million users being compromised.

Quora said they discovered the hack on Friday, November 30, but didn't say when the actual breach happened.

"We have also notified law enforcement officials", Quora co-founder and CEO Adam D'Angelo wrote in the blog post.

The kinds of information that was exposed include account information, like users' names, email addresses, passwords and data imported from linked networks (like Facebook and Google).

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Non-public content could have also been accessed, such as answer requests, downvotes, and direct messages.

While passwords were stolen, Quora said these were protected through encryption and a unique salt for each user, it's a good idea to change your password. Quora only described the attackers as a "malicious third party", although they have also mentioned that they've "identified the root cause".

"It is highly unlikely that this incident will result in identity theft, as we do not collect sensitive personal information like credit card or social security numbers", the company added later today in a help page regarding the incident. It has logged all users out, and forcing all accounts with a password to reset that password.

"We have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us", Mr D'Angelo said.

The company said it was working to notify affected users, and that it was logging out all those who may have been affected "out of an abundance of caution". "We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed".

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