Uber discloses data breach one year after it happened

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

The latest is a cyberattack Uber had been concealing since past year that exposed personal data on 57 million customers and drivers globally.

Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and to keep quiet about the breach.

The stolen information included names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of 50 million people around the world who have used the service.

The names and driver's license numbers for 600,000 Uber drivers in the USA were also stolen, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. He was not at the helm when it happened. It identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed, according to the statement. 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.

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. Our outside forensics experts have not seen any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded.

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Earlier in 2016, the company reached a settlement with the NY attorney general requiring it to take steps to be more vigilant about protecting the information that its app stores about its riders. Uber is also notifying all affected drivers and providing them with free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection, notifying regulatory authorities, and monitoring the affected accounts for fraudulent activity. 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.

That pledge shouldn't excuse Uber's previous regime for its egregious behavior, said Sam Curry, chief security officer for the computer security firm Cybereason.

Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder and former CEO, was made aware of the breach in November 2016. More states and the Federal Trade Commission, which had settled with Uber over another privacy matter in August, will probably pile on, said Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at SentinelOne Inc., which aids companies with cyber-defense.

Finally telling Uber users about the hack in a blog post yesterday, the company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi gave a vague outline as to how the tech startup dealt with the hackers.

"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".

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