December 4, 2018 / 2:06 AM / 7 days ago

Quora says 100 million users hit by security breach

FILE PHOTO: A man poses inside a server room at an IT company in this June 19, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Illustration/File Photo

(Reuters) - About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthorized access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party,” the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday.

Account information, including name, email address, encrypted password and data imported from linked networks when authorized by users may have been compromised, it said.

The company said it is logging out all Quora users who may have been affected to prevent further damage.

"We are in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised," Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo said in a blog post here

The breach, discovered on Friday, did not affect question and answers that are written anonymously, the company said, adding that it has also notified law enforcement officials.

“We have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us,” it said.

The Quora Inc-owned website was founded in 2009 by D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever, two former Facebook (FB.O) employees.

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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