Quora Users File Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

Feb 19, 2019

A federal class-action lawsuit filed by Quora users accuses the social media company of exposing sensitive personal information of up to 100 million people to hackers, leaving the victims vulnerable to a wide range of potential cyber crimes and scams.


Quora is a question-and-answer platform where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by a community of users.

Launched in 2010, the company was valued at approximately $1.8 billion in 2017 and now claims 300 million monthly unique users. On December 3, 2018, Quora acknowledged that user data were compromised as a result of unauthorized access by a malicious third party. This data breach had affected up to 100 million Quora users.

Although Quora does not charge its users directly to participate in its Q & A community, it does collect a wealth of personal information about them, including email addresses, encrypted passwords, and data imported from other social networks, including contacts and demographic information.

The data exposed in the breach also included access tokens, which could allow hackers to log into a Quora user’s connected social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn.


In announcing the breach, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo declared, “It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility.”

The class action lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California by the law firms of Franklin D. Azar & Associates and Capstone Law, on behalf of named plaintiffs in Colorado and New Jersey and others similarly situated.

The complaint alleges that, as a result of the Quora data breach, the class members “have a greater risk of identity theft, manipulation, fraud, scams, and/or targeted unwanted and unnecessary advertising,” as well as “additional security risks such as phishing attempts, efforts by hackers trying to access or log in to their online accounts, friend requests from trolls or cloned or imposter accounts, and/or other interference with their online accounts.


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