QUORA was Hacked! Beware and consider changing your password

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Today, Quora sent an email to saying that their system had a breach and estimated an exposure of 100M users.


While many still speculate on how this hack was conducted, some members on Quora mentioned that it was due to the ability to edit the questions/answers and that the hacker only changed titles (?).


If you didn't get an email from them, it means your account wasn't compromised, but still.


Make sure to change your passwords!


https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...-data-exposed/


PS: I never knew I had an account there till I received an email from them.
#beware #changing #hacked #password #quora
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
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    If you didn't get an email from them, it means your account wasn't compromised,[/QUOTE


    I think the email went to every email address they have... I got it and have never entered anything more on Quora than a 'net name' and an email address.



    "100 million users" - have 'personal info' on Quora that can be compromised? I doubt that number.
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    • Profile picture of the author techwizard
      [quote=Kay King;11458353]
      If you didn't get an email from them, it means your account wasn't compromised,[/QUOTE


      I think the email went to every email address they have... I got it and have never entered anything more on Quora than a 'net name' and an email address.



      "100 million users" - have 'personal info' on Quora that can be compromised? I doubt that number.
      Hm, Now that you're bringing that up, I kinda agree... 100M seems a big number for people who have submitted any valuable "info" on Quora. I also had only my name and email there.



      Thinking about it, what are the details that someone could submit ? Are they selling any subscriptions?
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  • Profile picture of the author Codx Bre
    Passwords should be changed often. However, this was huge punch in face to Quora. Company could easily go bankrupt. Same thing happen to Dropbox 4-5 years ago. Their stock went down for 60%, that was painful, but as we can see they managed to secure accounts again and retain credibility after short period. Hopefully same will happen to Quora.
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  • Profile picture of the author tauno
    It has seemed to me for awhile that Quora is stuggling. Maybe I am wrong, but this news can not help.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    how did that happen?
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    We are really active in Quora!
    And also didn't get any email...
    Thank you techwizard for the update!
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  • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
    Oh no! I have been meaning to get involved on QUORA.

    And I think I did post a bit there about 6 or so years ago.
    But forgot all about it.

    I should see if I still have an account...

    And yes, they can't do too much with our email address
    except for sending us spam. But they could ruin our good
    name on QUORA by posting bad stuff under our names...

    Thanks so much for the heads-up!
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  • Profile picture of the author ZacherySh
    Thanks for informing this, I am always active on Quora, but till now I haven't got any emails from there, so I guess hackers haven't found my account.
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  • Profile picture of the author techwizard
    This was a reply on Quora about what actually happened (not sure if it's official though)


    "They have updated the page with further info. It was not actual hacking, but a tasteless prank. The Quora policy that allows all and sundry to edit the questions was the exploited loophole. The "hacker" simply changed the titles of the questions."


    Source: https://www.quora.com/How-did-Quora-get-hacked


    Even if you didn't receive an email, you should still consider change your password and limit a bit the amount of details you share there (and everywhere on the internet).


    1- Don't use your real name, email, location unless you need to.
    2- A website having an SSL (the green lock) doesn't mean it's 100% secure, that's just a myth.
    3- Try to use specific email addresses with these kind of websites, so whenever there is a breach, your primary addresses are still safe.
    4- Don't register, subscribe to any site unless you need to. Tons of information are available for free and the majority of social sites offers a way to comment or interact anonymously.
    5- Invest more in your privacy online.



    I personally feel this breach is nothing serious but you never know.
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  • Profile picture of the author BodyManagerz
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  • Profile picture of the author lambertson
    Already done. I check Quora a couple of times a year, and unfortunately, it seems to become more like a mess with lots of spam from link builders and repeated questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pablo Visconti
    Well that's too bad. Haven't personally received anything from them, but will definitely be updating passwords there of course.

    First time this happens to quora, no?
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  • Profile picture of the author KIORTY
    Damn, thanks guys! I have already changed the password, thanks God I didn`t have any credit cards or anything attached to the site )
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    And another one, this just seems like this is an all too common occurrence, hopefully everyone has unique passwords and doesn't share across multiple sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author morkieflash
    Last week quora send a mail about hacked issue. But I never changed my info yet. Is it necessary to change or update personal info?
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  • Profile picture of the author xaloframe
    Many companies Worldwide are getting hacked. Still they don't care having dedicated Cyber Security team, even a company like Dell don't have one.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArnoldJvR
    I love Quora, good site for driving targeted traffic, I didn't get an email so I'm tankful my account is safe, alexa rank for Quora is 90 last time I checked, so it's pretty decent for direct traffic...
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  • Profile picture of the author davidricherd
    Yes, Quora asking each & every users to reset their profile password for security reasons.
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  • Profile picture of the author vhinzborn
    Thank you for informing us! changing passwords now!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I have moved away from Quora TW; seems a bit lower energy over there these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author incomenow
    Thanks for this notification, techwizard! Much grateful! I didn't actually create an account via email. I did via Facebook. What about this case? Any issue at all? Is Quora still a promising place to leverage for building high-quality links?

    Originally Posted by techwizard View Post

    Today, Quora sent an email to saying that their system had a breach and estimated an exposure of 100M users.


    While many still speculate on how this hack was conducted, some members on Quora mentioned that it was due to the ability to edit the questions/answers and that the hacker only changed titles (?).


    If you didn't get an email from them, it means your account wasn't compromised, but still.


    Make sure to change your passwords!


    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...-data-exposed/


    PS: I never knew I had an account there till I received an email from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fashina Adebayo
    I also saw the email, but I think quora will surely solve the problem
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  • Profile picture of the author CarolSummer
    Originally Posted by techwizard View Post

    Today, Quora sent an email to saying that their system had a breach and estimated an exposure of 100M users.
    This is exactly why I change my passwords once per month. Yes, many will think that is too often, but from my experience I'm better safe than sorry.

    I use RoboForm to manage my passwords and really like it!
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  • Profile picture of the author skylikemake
    I didn't receive anything from them, but thank you for information
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  • Profile picture of the author Hailey Park
    I didn't get any email as well! thank you for sharing this information
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    It's best to often change passwords every month or two. The battle between internet security and hackers is a thing that will go on forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author ncodetech
    Beware of hackers because there are many threaten people were you can lose your information.
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  • Profile picture of the author vcss15
    yes, i also get this email few days back and i changed my password. SIMPLE.
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  • Profile picture of the author CherryMiss
    I didn't get this email but I feel like I need to change my password.
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  • Profile picture of the author MSutton
    I didn't get any notification from Google/Quora either. I guess their new slogan is...


    "If they don't know, not our problem."
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  • Profile picture of the author BrownJames
    How did that happen? I personally use Quora it working fine and have no isuue.
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