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Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

23 November 2017, 12:29 | Vickie Mathis

Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

Over half admitted that they weren't aware of the situation prior to being asked by Egress, however, having been made aware of the fact that Uber tried to cover up the breach, more than half (53 percent) of respondents say it has made them want to stop using the taxi app.

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.

Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber.

The company took immediate steps to secure to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals.

The hackers subsequently contacted Uber and demanded a $100,000 extortion fee to erase the data from their servers, a demand which the company agreed to, according to the report. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken, Uber claims.

Khosrowshahi adds that they are individually notifying drivers whose license numbers were exposed and providing them with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. That's because the company didn't alert authorities or those who were affected. 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.

Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June of this year, reportedly knew about the hack shortly after it happened.

Two hackers managed to access personal information they stole from a "third-party cloud-based service".

And the cyber-thieves made off with 600,000 United States driver records that included their license numbers.

The hackers pulled it off by accessing a private GitHub coding site used by Uber software engineers and stealing login credential, which were then used to access data stored on an Amazon Web Services account.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", Mr Khosrowshahi said in a blog post. Within hours of the disclosure, a customer filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation.

"We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers".

Uber didn't come clean about a huge hack affecting 57 million customers and drivers, it emerged.

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