Questionable Security Dooms Quora in Data Breach

On Monday, Dec. 3, Quora, a question-and-answer website where users can post and respond to inquiries with other users, announced it fell victim to a data breach where the personal data of up to 100 million users was accessed.

The breach follows a string of hacks over the weekend, with Marriott’s Starwood properties being the largest affecting as many as 500 million users.

Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo spelled out the company’s breach and response in a blog post, where he said the company was “very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause.”

Some of the information accessed in the Quora breach includes account information such as names, email addresses, passwords, and data from linked networks like Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, public content and actions, like questions and answers, comments, and upvotes; and non-public content and actions like answer requests and direct messages, were included in the breach.

The company is working to investigate the root cause of the breach to avoid future issues with cyber security.

“It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again,” said D’Angelo in his blog post.

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