The hack was discovered on November 30th and is reported to include 100 million user accounts
Quora, the popular online Q &A / blogging platform has become the latest in a string of U.S companies to have reportedly suffered a massive data breach. The hack was discovered on November 30th and is reported to include 100 million users’ names, email addresses, IP addresses, user IDs, encrypted passwords, user account settings, personalization data, public actions and content such as questions, answers, comments, blog posts, and upvotes.
The site does have a large user base, including those who may have connected to the platform via sites like Facebook, Linkedin, etc. Some users, according to Forbes, have reported having accounts they are sure they never signed up for.
Many people may have, in the past accessed Quora through a whole host of third-party apps and sites. Some may automatically set up a Quora account via Facebook Quizzes and/or games.
Some consumers may have simply set up an account as a result of email solicitations through other companies.
Quora's CEO, Adam D'Angelo, via a blog post stated that they had alerted Law Enforcement and were working with the authorities to handle the matter as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Quoro claims to be making the necessary arrangements to notify the affected users of the site whose data was exposed.
Those users would be required to reset their passwords, D'Angelo said.