Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 by Chris Miller
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Quora data breach

On December 3rd, 2018, the infamous Question and Answer site, Quora announced that the private messages and account information from around 100 million users was exposed by a “malicious third party.” The breach was first discovered by Quora on Friday, according to chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, and an investigation is still underway.

In addition, D’Angelo said they are working hard to alert all affected users of the breach.  The data involved in the breach includes:

  • names
  • email addresses
  • encrypted passwords
  • public content
    • questions
    • answers
    • upvotes
    • comments
  • non-public content
    • answer requests
    • downvotes
    • direct messages

“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,” Quora said in this security update.

Quora has also stated that content posted anonymously is still secure, and cannot be connected to user accounts.

According to D’Angelo, Quora believes it has “identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing.”

How do I delete my Quora account?

It is important to mention, that deleting your account has no affect on whether your information has been compromised by this breach.  However, many people are choosing to delete their account to prevent any future breach of their information on the platform.

To delete your account and all of the associated data, see this article on Quora:   “How do I delete my Quora account?

About Chris Miller

CMO for Private Internet Access, online privacy and freedom advocate and activist, musician, marketing geek and nature lover.

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