Quora said that it has found out last week that the hackers broke into the system and stole users’ data. The data includes personal information like user’s name, email address, and also the passwords in encrypted form. Moreover, there is a high possibility that if user imported data from another social networking sites, that could have been stolen too.
Some private actions which include requests for answers, downvotes, and direct messages on the site may have been taken as well.The anonymity of the content must be maintained.As per Quora’sinformation, it does not store identifiable data for such posts.
“The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious,” Adam D’Angelo, Quora CEO wrote in a blog post.
According to Quora, the company has notified law enforcement and also hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the matter. Not much has been revealed until now; the investigation has confirmed that a malicious third party broke into the system and got unauthorized access.
The data breach has reportedly affected data of 100 million users which makes it one of the substantial breaches ever. The company is trying to investigate the matter and take the necessary step to prevent such incidents in the future.