Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Digest

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Quora discloses data breach - Quora, a widely used question-and-answer website, said a "malicious third party" had compromised the account information of 100 million users.

Names, email addresses and encrypted passwords were among the compromised information, Quora chief executive Adam D'Angelo said in a blog post about the incident, as well as personal activity on the website and "data imported from linked networks" such as Facebook and Twitter.

Quora did not disclose any information about who the intruders might be, or how they gained access to its system. The company said it discovered the data breach on Friday, but Quora did not say when the attackers first broke into its system or how long they had access to the user information.

The company said it is investigating the cause of the breach, adding that it has hired a security firm to investigate the hack and has notified law enforcement.

Centene executive Cynthia Brinkley retiring - Cynthia Brinkley, chief administrative and markets officer for Clayton-based managed care company Centene, is retiring from the company Feb. 1.

Until her retirement, Brinkley will continue to focus on Centene Forward, in initiative launched this year to standardize administrative processes, the company said.

Brinkley joined Centene in 2014 and was named president and chief operating officer in 2017. This year, she was named chief administrative and markets officer. Prior to joining Centene, Brinkley was an executive at General Motors and AT&T/SBC Communications.

Brent Layton, executive vice president and chief development officer, who currently leads domestic and international business development, will take over international operations.

"Cynthia committed to provide her leadership and expertise for a minimum of three years to help build and solidify the company as a diversified, multinational health care enterprise," Michael Neidorff, chairman and CEO of Centene, said in a statement. …

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