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Another Huge Hack, This Time 100 Million Quora Users

By December 26, 2018May 21st, 2021Cybersecurity

Are you a Quora user?  If so, you’re certainly not alone. It is the internet’s most popular question-and-answer website, which makes it a unique property in the social media ecosystem.  Unfortunately, the site recently suffered a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of about one hundred million of the site’s users.

The Quora team formally announced the breach on Monday, December 10th, 2018. They discovered the previous Friday that an “unauthorized third party” gained access to one of its core systems and stole user data on approximately half the site’s users, which amounts to about a hundred million users.

According to the company, the compromised data included:

  • User name
  • Real name (if different)
  • Email address
  • Passwords
  • Any data that may have been imported from social networks linked to Quroa
  • Non-public actions, including request, down votes, and private messages sent to other Quora users

A few things to note about the above:  First, although passwords were stolen, they were hashed, which means that the hackers won’t be able to immediately crack them.  Of course they eventually could, but the process will take time.

Second, social network data was only compromised for users who employ the “Facebook” or other social media sign-in option.

According to the company:

“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 authorities.”

The long and the short of it is that if you use Quora, there’s at least a 50/50 chance your password and other data was compromised.  To be safe, change your password immediately.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.