Quora, the question and answer website from California has disclosed that a recent breach in its database could have leaked out critical info of more than 100 million users. This includes names, email addresses, encrypted passwords and data imported from linked networks.
Quora’s Chief Executive Adam D’Angelo discloses the news to the world on a blog post in the late hours of Monday and confirmed that his expert teams were working on the issue and have taken all steps to prevent such situation from recurring in future.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the breach took place on Friday when hackers managed to invade the database of Mountain View-based company after surpassing the computer security somehow. The leaked info also includes the questions posted by the users, answers pursued by them and downvotes and direct messages.
As a precautionary measure, the company has decided to notify users affected about the breach from Tuesday this week and is urging them to change their passwords as a precautionary security measure.
Adam D’ Angelo along with Charlie Cheever founded Quora in 2009 after leaving Facebook. Adam added in his blog post that the vulnerability has been identified and addressed and security improvements were in place.
Note- Quora is a platform where logged in users can post questions of any genre and seek answers. The company doesn’t have a great moderation team which monitors the content from time to time and pulls down any content which encourages hatred, blasphemy and stupendous promotions.