Users of Quora, the site with questions and answers, today ask:
Were my personal information just stolen?
The social platform said late Monday that account information and private messages total about 100 million. Users could have been exposed when their computer systems were compromised by a "malicious third party". Quora had discovered the data breach on Friday, wrote the company's boss, Adam D & # 39; Angelo, in a blog post.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that such things do not happen, and we have failed to fulfill that responsibility," wrote D & # 39; Angelo.
But less than a week after the hotel chain announced Marriott, hackers had stolen the personal information of up to 500 million guests, which incident serves as another reminder that a huge and expanding part of our lives is vulnerable to digital Intrusion is.
Quora dominates a huge audience. The company claims that 300 million people around the world use their site at least once a month to answer questions about politics, belief, calculation, unmet love, the meaning of life, and more. By comparison, Twitter claims that 326 million monthly active users are logged monthly.
However, since it was blown into the social media landscape in 2010, it has sparked a plethora of interest among technology company employees, for better or for worse. That's probably why some Quora users were surprised to hear about the security breach – not that potentially malicious actors accessed their account information, but that they had a Quora account at all.
The company seemed to confirm this reaction on Monday. One page from which was frequently asked questions about the attack contains the query: "I did not know that I had a Quora account. How did it happen that my emails or information were revealed? "
Your answer:" You signed up with Quora some time ago. While you may not have visited or used Quora regularly, your account still exists. "