Uber has reportedly concealed the hacking and theft of the personal user data of 57 million Uber customers, including names, email addresses, and the mobile phone numbers of 57 million worldwide Uber riders. The hackers also stole the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.
Reports say that Uber’s data was stored on an Amazon Web Services cloud account, and the data breach took place in October 2016, but Uber apparently was hoping that they could hid the hack from the American People, and get away with hiding the fact that Uber allowed their data to be breached.
Uber even acknowledges that they payed the hackers a bribe of $100,000 to destroy the stolen user information, but believing that the stolen user data was actually destroyed requires one to trust word of the same hackers who stole the information in the first place.
Apparently, from what we have read, this wasn’t the first time that Uber has been hacked. We have read reports that show Uber also paid a $20,000 fine for waiting to five months to report another data breach back in September 2014.
New reports are also saying that Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission was forced to fine Uber about $8.9 million for employing drivers with a history of criminal activities.
Not good Uber!! Not good at all!
Uber reportedly concealed a cyberattack that saw the personal data of 57 million people stolen by hackers who the company paid off to keep quiet about the incident.
Bloomberg reports Uber fell victim to a cyberattack from a group of hackers that saw the data of 57 million Uber users and drivers stolen. The company reportedly kept this attack hidden from the public for over a year, leading to the firing of chief security officer Joe Sullivan this week along with one of his deputies. The stolen data, dating back to October 2016, contains the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders worldwide, according to a statement from the company.
The personal details of approximately 7 million drivers were also accessed by hackers, including 600,000 U.S. drivers license numbers. Social security numbers and trip location details were not among the data stolen. Uber has now acknowledged that they had a legal obligation to report the hack to the drivers and customers affected, as well as regulators, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen user information and stay quiet about the hack.
Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced Travis Kalanick as CEO of Uber in September, said in a statement, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it. We are changing the way we do business.”
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