One Year Later, Uber Comes Clean On Hack Affecting 57 Million People

One Year Later, Uber Comes Clean On Hack Affecting 57 Million People

One Year Later, Uber Comes Clean On Hack Affecting 57 Million People

This isn't his first run-in with the ride-hailing company - just past year his office reached a settlement with Uber over its collection and use of riders' personal information and its delayed disclosure of a 2014 data breach.

While the legal implications of Uber's cover up are still being examined - the Italian Data Protection Authority just launched an investigation into the data breach - The New York Times points out that Uber may have violated the Federal Trade Commission's stipulation that companies disclose data breaches and reveal any evidence of a cybersecurity compromise.

The stolen information included the names, email addresses and mobile numbers of Uber customers globally.

When asked what measures they would take to protect their data following the breach, more than half (52 percent) say they would either delete the app or would start using another, similar service, while a third (33 percent) say they would take the sensible step of changing their passwords. After all, the company has an established track record of engaging in unethical and possibly illegal practices while skirting government regulators.

Vera Jourova, the European Union commissioner in charge of data, said Uber's failure to come clean about the breach showed why the new data protection law was needed.

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"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, told the publication in an emailed statement.

Khosrowshahi criticized Uber's handling of its data theft in his blog post.

Bloomberg reported that Uber Chief Security Officer Joseph Sullivan and one of his deputies had been ousted in connection with the breach. Two of the employees responsible for not initially revealing the attack have been fired, Khosrowshahi wrote.

Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber users and drivers in 2016What was the Uber data hack?

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi said. The breach also exposed the driver's licenses and other information for roughly 7 million drivers for the company, including 600,000 in the US. It may have been because the information was easy for hackers to access on account of Uber's engineers being lax with security online (according to some reports), but regardless, the secrecy around the payout is pretty bad. "Interestingly here it's the fact that Uber covered up the breach that seems to have got people's backs up, clearly showing how important honesty is when dealing with such incidents".

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