Private details of about 10 crore users of Quora have been compromised after a “malicious third party” gained unauthorised access to the website’s system. In a post on Monday, the knowledge-sharing website said account information such as names, email addresses, encrypted passwords and data imported from linked networks may have been compromised.
Chief Executive Officer Adam D’Angelo said Quora is in the process of informing the affected users. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are logging out all Quora users who may have been affected, and, if they use a password as their authentication method, we are invalidating their passwords,” he said.
The exact cause behind the breach, which was detected on Friday, is under investigation. A digital forensics and security company is helping the Quora team. The website has also notified law enforcement officials.