Quora, a California-based question-and-answer website, has revealed that hackers broke into the company’s servers and account details of over 100 million users have been stolen, as reported by Ars Technica. The startup, with over 190 million monthly active users, has a reported valuation of over $1.9 billion.
“It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognise that to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again,” said Quora’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Adam D’Angelo, in a statement released on 4 December.
The company has noted that it still has not entirely ascertained the root cause of the security lapse. However, it reiterated that it is ramping up efforts to improve the security of its digital assets. “We have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us,” the statement added.
This development follows the recent data breach that affected the servers of Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company. It was reported that personal details of over 500 million guests were leaked in the scandal.
In 2018, Facebook revealed that details of 14 million accounts were compromised. Google also had to shut down Google+ after a security lapse.
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