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Uber breach, cover-up trigger government probes around the globe

23 November, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • A 2016 cyberattack compromised the names email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders worldwide Uber told Bloomberg News on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers also were accessed including some 600,000 U.S. drive

In October of 2016, hackers successfully stole personal information belonging to 57 million Uber customers and drivers.

Data from 57 million users and drivers were compromised in a data breach incident Uber concealed for more than a year.

The real kicker is that Uber didn't disclose this breach at all.

The hack exposed the names, emails, and phone numbers of 50 million riders, as well as the USA driver's license numbers of an additional 7 million drivers.

Uber said on Wednesday that it has been in touch with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states to discuss a hack past year that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm. He was not at the helm when it happened.

According to Bloomberg, Uber allegedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.

After they found the rider and driver data, they contacted the company and demanded money.

"I recently learned that in late 2016 we became aware that two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use". "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes".

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"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

The news that ride hailing service Uber has suffered, and covered up, a major hack means that millions of people could unknowingly have had their data put at risk.

"I'm just used to these breaches all the time; unfortunately it's a common occurrence", said traveler Ryan Eytcheson who was jumping in his Uber after flying in from Los Angeles.

Uber fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, this week for the data breach coverup. Equifax waited weeks before disclosing the data breach to consumers, during which time three executives sold almost $2 million worth of the company's shares.

Uber has always failed to protect driver and passenger data.

Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at security firm SentinelOne, says this was not a sophisticated hack. The hack introduces an unexpected factor in negotiations between SoftBank Group Corp. and Uber shareholders over a planned investment of as much as $10 billion, a deal Khosrowshahi has been championing.

The hack is another controversy for Uber on top of sexual harassment allegations, a lawsuit alleging trade secrets theft and multiple federal criminal probes that culminated in Kalanick's ouster in June.

Khosrowshahi inherited a litany of scandals and a toxic workplace culture when he replaced Kalanick.

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