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Uber concealed hack of 57 million accounts for more than a year

Uber concealed hack of 57 million accounts for more than a year

Bloomberg Technology reported Tuesday that Uber suffered a massive data breach in the fall of 2016 that exposed names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million customers worldwide as well as the personal information of an additional 7 million customers.

The data breach occurred when two individual hackers accessed information stored on a third-party cloud-based service used by Uber, Khosrowshahi wrote. The thieves also nabbed the driver's license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.

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

"If we do use the NDB legislation and its reporting properly, I would say in the future we will gather better empirical data around incidents and breaches that will give you better quality statistics and trends around this - particularly around the government sector, which often seems to be a bit of a black box".

Payments to hackers are not shared publicly however Federal Bureau of Investigation official have told that many companies are paying criminal hackers to recover stolen data. 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.

"Companies like Uber will not be able to hide the breaches of our personal data from us or face penalty", she said, without mentioning a sum for an European Union fine for Uber.

Uber insists that location history, bank account numbers, dates of birth and credit card number information was not compromised.

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Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the compromised data stolen from its records and keep news of the breach quiet

Uber is now going to inform individuals who had their information stolen about the thefts, and will provide free credit monitoring for drivers.

"I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it", he said.

"Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies", said deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone. But viewing this data breach cover up as an incident that only Uber could commit misses the writing on the wall.

There also is an option labeled "I think my account has been hacked" under the "Help" section of the Uber app for users who find suspicious activity on their accounts. Uber may have violated Californian breach disclosure laws as well.

"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".

Khosrowshahi also said that he can't erase the past but the company will learn from its mistakes.

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