Uber Paid Hackers to Hide Exposed Data of 57 Million Users

Uber Paid Hackers to Hide Exposed Data of 57 Million Users

Uber Paid Hackers to Hide Exposed Data of 57 Million Users

In October 2016 hackers stole the personal data including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc.

Uber is reeling from a new controversy over revelations that the company tried to cover up a massive breach previous year in which hackers pilfered information from 57 million of its customers.

Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken.

Many other companies are failing to properly protect their privileged access accounts to both cloud and on-premises services, leaving them exposed to compromise from hackers that use default passwords, or non-unique user passwords stolen from other services, to breach their systems.

The companies new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, said he recently was made aware of the breach. He was not at the helm when it happened.

"We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed", Khosrowshahi wrote.

Uber agreed to pay the fee as long as the hackers stayed quiet and deleted the info.

Uber joined the likes of Google, Sony, Yahoo and Target among companies that have suffered massive data breaches from hackers in recent years.

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Uber said it could not yet confirm how many customers in the United Kingdom had their details compromised. Former CEO Travis Kalanick reportedly knew about the hack one month after it occurred.

"I'm just used to these breaches all the time; unfortunately it's a common occurrence", said traveler Ryan Eytcheson who was jumping in his Uber after flying in from Los Angeles.

"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", Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

At the time, the company was negotiating with the US Federal Trade Commission over the handling of consumer data. The New York attorney general has opened an investigation, a spokeswoman said. Uber bad days will pass once the company take several precautionary measures.

A GitHub spokeswoman said the hack was not the result of a failure of GitHub's security.

Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber had failed to inform Uber users that their data been stolen in a timely manner, saying that he initiated an investigation of the incident and of how Uber handled it.

Khosrowshahi says hackers accessed the data through a third-party, cloud-based service.

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