Uber Security Breach Exposed Personal Data Of 57 Million Customers And Drivers

Mae Love
November 22, 2017

Uber's new president Dara Khosrowshahi this week asked for the resignation of its chief security officer Joe Sullivan and also fired Craig Clark, a senior lawyer who reported to Sullivan, Bloomberg reported.

Kalanick, Uber's co-founder and former CEO, learned of the hack in November 2016, a month after it took place, the company said. Some personal information of 57 million Uber users around the world, including the drivers described above. Perhaps the most explosive part of the report is that the company allegedly "paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet". The data was stored on a cloud service, and "two individuals outside the company" accessed and dowloaded the information, he said, adding that the company believes the data has since been deleted.

As Uber's CEO, it's my job to set our course for the future, which begins with building a company that every Uber employee, partner and customer can be proud of. This included U.S. driver's licenses numbers, but no social security numbers, according to Uber.

Though Uber maintains that the accessed data was never used maliciously, it goes without saying that any company in possession of your sensitive information should never try and hide the fact that said information was compromised.

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We are notifying regulatory authorities.

Uber just can't seem to stay out of the news. Uber said it informed New York's attorney general and the FTC about the October 2016 hack for the first time on Tuesday.

One of Sullivan's deputies was also fired for helping, according to Bloomberg.

The company is already facing a number of federal probes into its privacy practices as it transitions from its former Chief Legal Officer Salle Yoo, who was not notified about this incident, to Tony West who will start this week. According to the company, no evidence of fraud or misuse has been found as a result of the incident though ti continues to monitor affected accounts, which have been flagged "for additional fraud protection".

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