100 million users credentials stolen

The company said users should change passwords if they share them across services
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The company said users should change passwords if they share them across services Credit PA

On Tuesday via the company's blog, Quora said about 100 million users data have been compromised by a "malicious third party" who gained unauthorized access to one of its systems.

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

Anonymously authored questions and answers were reportedly not affected by the breach, and the company said it doesn't store information from anonymous users.

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

Quora, like many sites today, offer the option to log in with a Google or Facebook account, which may have been the "linked networks" that their blog is referring to.

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

Current actions being taken by Quora include notification of the compromised users, and logging out all Quora users who may have been affected and an invalidation of their passwords.

Quora, the platform that help users to connect about various topics, reported a security breach. The number of people involved potentially affected by the breach of the reservation database made it one of the largest ever cyberattacks on a company.

Quora users whose passwords were invalidated are asked to reset the password the next time they try to sign in to the service.

Understandably the situation resulted in a few unhappy "users" who felt that if Quora was going to demand personal information in exchange for access to its site, that information should be securely stored.

If you want to simply delete your Quora account, visit your account privacy settings and choose "Delete Account".

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

A measure, Quora said it has taken to prevent further damage to all its users.

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