News Live: Uber hid hack that exposed data of 57m users for over a year

November 22
07:22 2017
  • 06:55 AM IST

    Uber hid hack that exposed data of 57m users for over a year

    Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber users and drivers, a breach that the company concealed for more than a year, reports CNBC. Uber released a statement on the 2016 attack, and also published resources for riders and drivers. According to the statement, the hack was performed by two people on a third-party cloud service. The hackers stole names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the US, as well as rider names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers.

    Location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth do not appear to have been stolen, Uber said. Affected drivers will get free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. The company paid hackers $ 100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet, and did not report the incident. The ride-hailing company has now fired chief security officer Joe Sullivan — previously security boss at Facebook — for his role in hiding the data breach.

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