Uber hid a cyberattack that exposed 57 million users' data

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

Uber concealed a massive data breach for more than a year, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Trip records, location data, and social security numbers were not stolen in the breach, the company said.

The October 2016 hack included names, email addresses and phone numbers, Bloomberg reported citing a company spokesperson.

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The company said it had paid the attackers who stole the data US$100,00 to keep the matter quiet, rather than report the breach to U.S. authorities as was its obligation.

But the embattled transportation company reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach under wraps. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps. "We are changing the way we do business". The company also says its chief legal officer, who is leaving the company and will have a replacement starting tomorrow, was never informed of the situation. Around that same time, the company was in the midst of settling issues with both the NY attorney general and the FTC over the handling of the customer data.

The company said they took steps at the time of the back to secure the data and shut down any further unauthorized access. Khosrowshahi asked for Sullivan's resignation and fired Craig Clark, a lawyer who reported to Sullivan. It also revealed that it had known about the hack for close to a year without notifying customers or drivers. Uber did not respond to a request to confirm that account.

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Read Bloomberg's full report on the 2016 Uber hack here.

While we have not seen evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident, we are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.

Drivers have been offered free credit monitoring protection, but customers who have been affected will not be given the same.

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