Hackers Stole Personal Info Of 57 Million Uber Users, Company Says

Hackers Stole Personal Info Of 57 Million Uber Users, Company Says

Hackers Stole Personal Info Of 57 Million Uber Users, Company Says

Hackers stole the personal data of about 57 million Uber customers and drivers, a major breach the company concealed for more than a year.

Uber paid off hackers who obtained data on 57 million customers and drivers around the world.

Uber chief executive Data Khosrowshahi, who took on the role in September this year, told Bloomberg: "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

When asked what measures they would take to protect their data following the breach, more than half (52 percent) say they would either delete the app or would start using another, similar service, while a third (33 percent) say they would take the sensible step of changing their passwords.

"If Uber did indeed secretly pay-off the hackers to keep the breach quiet, then a possible cover up of the incident is problematic and must be investigated", Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, said in a statement.

Khosrowshahi took the position of Uber's CEO on August 30 this year.

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

Computer security specialists interviewed by AFP said the recent breach apparently involved a similar slip with a password that was taken from Github and used to get into Uber data stored in the cloud at Amazon Web Services.

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Khosrowshahi also said that he can't erase the past but the company will learn from its mistakes.

Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber had failed to inform Uber users that their data been stolen in a timely manner, saying that he initiated an investigation of the incident and of how Uber handled it. Two of the employees responsible for not initially revealing the attack have been fired, Khosrowshahi wrote.

Attorneys general in at least four USA states, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and NY, said they had launched investigations into the breach.

Uber said it was in the process of notifying various regulatory authorities but declined to comment further. This, compounding the seriousness of the breach and the potential repercussions if the PII is abused, suggest that the CEO's mea culpa is only the beginning of what could be a trying time for the company.

Law firm Keller Rohrback put out word on Wednesday that it is looking into the potential for a class action suit against Uber.

"We are pressing them for the full details of what has happened so that we can be satisfied that all the right protections are in place for the personal data of drivers and customers in London", a Transport for London spokesman said.

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.

He said the incident, which he had only recently learned of, did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure.

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