Quora confirms data breach for 100 million users

The company says passwords, names, email addresses and more were compromised. It promised to take new safety measures, hoping to regain consumer trust.

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Quora revealed it is the latest company to get hacked, with data being improperly accessed on as many as 100 million user accounts.

The website, which allows users to ask and answer questions in an online forum, said compromised information includes users’ names, email addresses, passwords and data from linked social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. Hackers also got information about Quora members’ history of use, but users who participated anonymously on the site were not affected.

The company confirmed the breach with a tweet:

We have discovered that some user data was compromised by unauthorized access to our systems. We’ve taken steps to ensure that the situation is contained and are notifying affected users. Protecting your information is our top priority. Read more here: https://t.co/uwbdMjoM1v

— Quora (@Quora) December 3, 2018

It also addressed the breach in a blog post.

In the post, CEO Adam D’Angelo explained how the hack occurred. He wrote:

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