Quora the world famous question and answer website has recently been hacked. This was revealed by CEO Adam D’Angelo, that one of their systems had been “hacked by a malicious third party”.
The information that was compromised includes user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords as well as data from Facebook and Twitter integrations on their website if people chose them to login to Quora. A lot of analytical data like user activity, questions, answers, upvotes and downvotes was also obtained by the third party hackers.
“The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious,” D’Angelo said.
The site is now notifying affected users and logging them out.
“We believe we’ve identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements,” D’Angelo said.
Prabesh Choudhary, Director at Cryptus Cyber Security Pvt Ltd, commented on the issue that Quora have identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although their investigation is ongoing and they will continue to make security improvement. Quora users can now reset their password to further protect data. Quora mentioned that this breach is unable to result in identify theft as it does not collect sensitive information of users.
For further protecting your data, you can also delete your Quora account, if you want. If you have created the account using Google or Facebook, you can generate the account password. According to policies of Quora, the process of account deletion takes time of 14 days and if during this time period you login again, the account gets reactivated. So, once this time of 14 days gets passed, all your account information and personal data will be deleted permanently.
Ankush Johar, Director at Infosec Ventures expressed his views that “ It is imperative for any firm that is operating at a Global or even National level to take necessary steps that ensure security. 93% of attacks in 2017 started with as simple as an email and the Human layer was compromised. To alter the psychology of its users to be suspicious by nature will help them drastically to detect any malicious activity and hence not lead to data breaches like this. Often, only the technology layer is what firm’s are concerned about, unlike what the hackers think though.”
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