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Quora hit by security breach, 100 million users affected

04 December 2018, 04:26 | Kelvin Horton

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Anonymously authored questions and answers were reportedly not affected by the breach, and the company said it doesn't store information from anonymous users. In June 2016, hacking group OurMine broke into Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account.

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". It also includes public content and actions like users' questions, answers, comments, upvotes, etc and non-public content and actions - such as answer requests, downvotes, direct messages. The company insists that only a low percentage of Quora users have sent or received such messages.

The breached also included "data imported from linked networks", if a user had given permission for that to be done from their account.

In an official blog post, Quora announced that on Friday it found that user data of about 100 million users was compromised.

What's more, there have been some reports that Quora was creating profiles for users based off their linked accounts without their knowledge.

"We recently became aware that some user data was compromised due to unauthorised access to our systems by a malicious third party", it began.

For users of Quora, the company advised that they change their password - if they were using their Quora password across multiple services.

Quora has said that it's highly unlikely that stolen data will be used for identity theft as it doesn't collect information like Social Security numbers or credit card details.

If you think you have a Quora account, the best thing to do is change your password.

Quora relies on the website traffic that comes from people searching questions in their browsers.

Or you could completely delete your account by going to your profile picture settings privacy delete account.

A digital forensics agency has been brought in, and law enforcement has been notified of the breach.

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