Quora CEO apologises after security breach affects 100 mn users

Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo has apologized after hackers stole personal information of over 100 million of its users including their names, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

Quora discovered the breach on November 30. It found that the breach happened as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a “malicious third party”.

“It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility,” D’Angelo wrote in a blog post on Monday night.

Quora was founded by D’Angelo, a former Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, in 2009. The Mountain View, California-headquartered company has over 300 million monthly unique visitors.

The company is in the process of sending emails to users whose data have been compromised and logging out all Quora users who may have been affected.

“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.

“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 officials,” he added.

The company said that questions and answers that were written anonymously were not affected by this breach as the platform does not store the identities of people who post anonymous content. ..Read More..

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