Quora says 100 million users hacked

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About 100 million users of Quora, a popular question-and-answer website, have been affected by a security breach involving a "malicious third party", the company says.

For about 327 million of the total 500 million affected, the compromised information included data such as names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date and communication preferences. They have not yet provided more information as to what imported data may have been compromised. If you've used Google or Facebook to log in, or you've connected your Quora account with Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, "we receive certain profile and account information about you from the Linked Network".

Quora said, in a statement emailed to members, that they are now investigating exactly how the breach occurred. Quora claims that a low percentage of users have sent or received direct messages.

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"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". Users affected by the breach should receive an email with information.

The company is now in the process of logging out and invalidating users who may have been affected.

Quora relies on the website traffic that comes from people searching questions in their browsers.

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

Or you could completely delete your account by going to your profile picture settings privacy delete account.

The tech site also said it already took steps to "contain the incident" and prevent future unauthorized access to its servers. Quora back then also recommended users to change passwords. "We have notified law enforcement officials".

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