Cybersecurity

Quora Suffers Data Breach Affecting 100 Million Users

The questions-and-answers website, Quora, is the latest victim of a data breach which is estimated to have affected over a hundred million users.

The company was co-founded by former Facebook employees, Adam D ’Angelo and Charlie Cheever in 2009. The company’s website, quora.com, allows questions to be asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users in the form of opinions.

In a blog post by D‘Angelo, users were informed of the breach, which may have compromised sensitive information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses and data imported from linked networks. D’Angelo stated “We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.” He continued, “It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility.”

Quora, which is based in The Mountain View, California is in the process of notifying the affected users as well as logging them out and verifying the passwords of the compromised accounts.