Quora: A popular question and answer site that boasts 300 million monthly active users.
Risk to Small Business: Severe:People are not soon to forget that the question and answer site was unable to keep their data safe. This could cause a migration from any site to another similar one, something that is common among social media sites in particular.
Individual Risk: Moderate: Those affected by this breach are at an increased risk of phishing attacks
Customers Impacted: Unclear at this time
How it Could Affect You: Quora handled the breach very well, with the CEO releasing a blog post detailing what they know and apologizing to their users. The amount of time it will take for the organization to regain their users’ trust is unclear. The transparency by the organization’s leadership will greatly help it bounce back sooner than if they hadn’t responded as such.
In Other News:
DNA For Pay
The Leaders of Genomics England has revealed that foreign hackers have attempted to access the DNA data the organization is collecting. The reality that hackers could steal DNA data if they successfully access a network is a scary thought. As the general population becomes more aware that their data is valuable, it should also become apparent that handing over data and in this case, DNA, could result with it ending up on the Dark Web or in the hands of a nation state. While no breach occurred to this organization, the fact that they are regularly under attack should be a wake-up call.