Uber discloses data breach one year after it happened

23 November, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Car-hailing app Uber admitted that hackers stole the personal data of 57 million riders and drivers

Uber said it was in the process of notifying various regulatory authorities but declined to comment further.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said two hackers broke into the company in late 2016 and stole personal data, including phone numbers, email addresses, and names, of 57 million Uber users.

"It doesn't appear that happened here", he said.

News of the hack came in an extraordinary admission by the United States firm's chief executive on Tuesday that revealed a third-party server had been infiltrated in late 2016. "Good", tweeted Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist at security firm White Ops.

The October 2016 hack started at the software repository GitHub, a platform where developers can go to host and review each other's code.

Instead of alerting users and authorities to the breach as required by law, Uber paid the hackers $100,000. It identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed, according to the statement.

The company's reputation has already been dragged through the mud this year, and for many, the breach and cover-up was the icing on the cake.

As a result of the hack, the ride-share company now faces probes from multiple state attorneys general, as well as worldwide regulators in Europe.

And even the SEC has faced security issues of its own. Hackers threatened to release TV shows unless the companies paid them.

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The company's admission that it failed to disclose the breach came as Uber was seeking to recover from a series of crises that culminated in the Mr Kalanick's ousting in June. With Tuesday's disclosure, however, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a new investigation into the company's practices.

Although the Uber breach likely has global implications, its potential effect on Australian users and drivers led Pilgrim to quickly make enquiries with Uber, his office said in a statement.

A spokesman for Transport for London, which this year announced it would not be renewing Uber's licence in the capital, said: "We are working to gain clarity from Uber on whether any of the issues seen in the USA have occurred here".

Uber, under new management, is desperately trying to make up for past mistakes.

The company also settled FTC allegations that it made deceptive privacy and security claims in August. The Uber data breach was concealed by the company for more than a year, according to the report, thanks to efforts by the company's former CSO and another member of the infosec team.

Other countries have similar rules regarding breaches.

"If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed".

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