Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

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"As part of our investigation we are still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised".

European data protection authorities said Wednesday that they are pooling their resources to probe Uber's recently disclosed data breach, which has put the ride-sharing company in regulators' crosshairs.

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach previous year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer says.

About 50 million Uber passengers had their names, addresses and phone numbers breached, but the hackers also got driver's license numbers for about 7 million Uber drivers, including 10,888 in Washington, Ferguson said. "Nevertheless, the nature of the information now acknowledged to have been compromised, together with the allegation that the company concealed the breach without notifying affected drivers and consumers, and prior privacy concerns at Uber, makes this a serious incident that merits further scrutiny".

When news of the breach was revealed last week, chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said, "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

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"We filed this lawsuit because Uber must be held accountable for its actions which have made its customers vulnerable to identity theft, fraud, and other abuse", said Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, according to WLS-TV.

The data breach resulted in almost 11,000 Washington Uber drivers having their data compromised. With the announcement, San Francisco-based Uber said it concealed the breach for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Under current British law organisations which fail to disclose data breaches to regulators face a maximum fine of up to 500,000 pounds. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

Similarly, the UK's Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, said, "The Government expects Uber to respond fully to the incident with the urgency it demands and to provide the appropriate support to its customers and drivers in the United Kingdom".

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