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Quora Information Breach

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User Data Compromised by a Third Party 

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On Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to our systems. We're still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials.

While the investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.

 

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The following information of yours may have been compromised:

  • Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalization data
  • Public actions and content including drafts, e.g. questions, answers, comments, blog posts, upvotes
  • Data imported from linked networks when authorized by you, e.g. contacts, demographic information, interests, access tokens (now invalidated)
  • Non-public actions, e.g. answer requests, downvotes, thanks
  • Non-public content, e.g. direct messages, suggested edits

Questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach as we do not store the identities of people who post anonymous content.

IMO Not that big a deal as its just usually stuff and not as serious as credit card or anything thats not publicly available already, except the account password. Not too much to stress but still newsworthy as Quora is getting to be quite a large social media site. I have around 750,000 reads, and thats just over a few years on an inactive account. 

 

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Looks like I'm affected. Oh dear. 

 

[Another EDIT]

For more information from Quora, see: https://help.quora.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020212652

 

 

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I'm starting to think this forum needs a dedicated "Data Breach" subforum.

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5 minutes ago, Spotty said:

I'm starting to think this forum needs a dedicated "Data Breach" subforum.

Haveibeenpwned should be checked monthly by everyone on top of a subforum

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According to Quora:
Approximately 100 million Quora users, the following information may have been compromised:

  • Account information, e.g. name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users
  • Public content and actions, e.g. questions, answers, comments, upvotes
  • Non-public content and actions, e.g. answer requests, downvotes, direct messages (note that a low percentage of Quora users have sent or received such messages)

 

 

This is the biggest Breach of the internet this year in my opinion! 

Source: https://blog.quora.com/Quora-Security-Update

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i still don't even know what quora is. Is it just a more sophisticated Yahoo Answers?

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5 minutes ago, Arika S said:

i still don't even know what quora is. Is it just a more sophisticated Yahoo Answers?

yes

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11 minutes ago, kevin222 said:

 

This is the biggest Breach of the internet this year in my opinion! 

Source: https://blog.quora.com/Quora-Security-Update

Nope. This was ?

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Arika S said:

i still don't even know what quora is. Is it just a more sophisticated Yahoo Answers?

Its for techy questions and other stuffs.

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Hope they stop forcing sign-up for answer viewing after this.

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The New York Times reports that Quora, the popular Q and A answer website, has had some user data compromised by a malicious 3rd party.

 

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Users of Quora, the question-and-answer site, are asking today:

Did my personal data just get stolen?

The social platform said late Monday that the account information and private messages of around 100 million users may have been exposed when its computer systems were compromised by “a malicious third party.” Quora discovered the data breach on Friday, the company’s chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, wrote in a blog post, and it is still investigating how it happened.

 

Additional source: an email from Quora

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Oooof. I'm glad Quora emailed me to let me know otherwise I would have never known.

 

I will be changing my Quora password as well.

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OH NO! THIS MEANS KEN M'S INFO IS LEAKED! NOT KEN M!!!!!

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2 hours ago, Arika S said:

i still don't even know what quora is. Is it just a more sophisticated Yahoo Answers?

Yes but the questions are not as hilarious.

 

It really is a decent question asking site with quality answers. 

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Oh dear, it looks like it's time to stop using the same password for everything and to change it

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7 hours ago, Arika S said:

i still don't even know what quora is. Is it just a more sophisticated Yahoo Answers?

Yeah, but you list your credentials to backup your answer, so I have mine with my highest qualification, BbiomedSc

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