Quora since its existence has retained a controversial question and answer platform but now it is in news for a serious concern. As admitted by the social media company hackers were successful able to hack data of approx 100 million accounts. The hacked data included email addresses, hashed passwords, and also non-public information, such as direct messages which raises serious concerns about the objective of such a large-scale data hack of a social media portal.
A hash, that is explained as a cryptographic representation of data involving a process wherein a company doesn’t need to store your actual password, but a scrambled version of it. This does make it difficult for the hackers to get actual access of the accounts but since it’s not impossible a lot of accounts are on the verge of being compromised.
As per the Quora Announcement, “We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed,”. Despite the company’s commitment it is quite clear that hackers were able to get the hang of stored data though they were not aware about the hashed passwords.
Even if the hackers were not able to decipher passwords for accounts they still gained access to user data such as user orientation in form of public information in a compiled form such as users’ questions, answers, comments, and upvotes, the announcement adds etc.
As per Quora the breach was discovered last Friday however it is still to be confirmed in technical terms where the hackers actually struck the company’s data.
As per the announcement made by the company, “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. There’s little hope of sharing and growing the world’s knowledge if those doing so cannot feel safe and secure, and cannot trust that their information will remain private. We are continuing to work very hard to remedy the situation, and we hope over time to prove that we are worthy of your trust,”
In reaction to the breach of data Quora has made some important changes in its security pattern. For instance, Quora has pushed a password reset. So if you’re a member and use a password as your authentication method, rather than, say, logging in via Facebook, you would now be logged out. However it is in best interests of the Quora account holders to change their Quora password, and also their password on any other sites with the same used credentials to avoid breach of associated accounts.