Hackers Stole Personal Info Of 57 Million Uber Users, Company Says

Uber Reveals 57 Million Users Drivers Hacked

Uber paid off hackers who obtained data on 57 million customers and drivers around the world.

On Tuesday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi quietly announced that Uber had suffered a large data breach in 2016.

The two people downloaded the data, which included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of Uber users around the world and the names and driver's license numbers of 600,000 US drivers, Khosrowshahi said.

They also managed to download the names and driver's licence numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the US. He was not at the helm when it happened.

They did not say, however, how hackers assured the company the stolen data was destroyed. 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.

At the time of the data breach, Uber was negotiating with USA regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations.

Khosrowshahi, who took over after former CEO Travis Kalanick resigned in June, said an internal investigation is being conducted into why the hack was kept secret for more than a year.

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Please let us know via the Help Center if you see anything unexpected or unusual related to your Uber account. The ride-share network has come under fire in the previous year for various things, including breaking Apple's terms of use in order to "spy" on users.

State Attorneys General from NY and MA have opened investigations into the data breach.

"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.

Hold Security pointed to a group of hackers called CyberVor, which it said had potentially gained access to 500 million e-mail accounts. He said, "two of the individuals who led the response to this incident are no longer with the company". It was also revealed that license numbers of drivers which were stolen will be offered free identity theft protection and credit monitoring. "We are changing the way we do business".

Khosrowshahi said in an emailed statement that Uber secured its systems and implemented new security measures after the attack.

Uber Technologies, Inc., is no stranger to self-inflicted wounds, but the latest visit to the infirmary goes far beyond the kinds of running-with-scissors episodes that have made the ride sharing company infamous. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case.

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