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

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

The episode took place late a year ago when hackers gained access to names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million Uber users worldwide, as well as the driver's license numbers of roughly 600,000 USA drivers.

It's also the latest major breach involving a prominent company that didn't notify the people that could be potentially harmed for months or even years after the break-in occurred.

Uber has said that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year.

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive at Uber in August, said in the breach post.

"Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's statement that there is no excuse for what happened and Uber will be putting integrity and trust at the core of every business decision is a welcome message", he said. Uber bad days will pass once the company take several precautionary measures.

However, Uber did not reveal the incident to the public at the time.

Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber.

But Uber's breach is different - the company tried to cover it up and did not alert authorities or users of the issue.

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The hackers gained access of information that was stored on GitHub.

"I'm just used to these breaches all the time; unfortunately it's a common occurrence", said traveler Ryan Eytcheson who was jumping in his Uber after flying in from Los Angeles.

Company bosses have now admitted covering up the breach - but what exactly happened? Yet whatever comes of that investigation, Pilgrim - whose office will oversee the new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme from February 2018 - called the breach "a timely reminder to Australian businesses and agencies of the reputational vale of good privacy practice, and the reputational risks that can follow mishandling of personal data". Two of the employees responsible for not initially revealing the attack have been fired, Khosrowshahi wrote. The New York attorney general has opened an investigation, a spokeswoman said.

The new management of San Francisco-based Uber said on Tuesday that it had only learned recently that personal information from about Uber 57 million accounts had been stolen in 2016.

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Grossman says the breach may not change consumer behavior, but it will be costly for the company. It has been subject to federal scrutiny for its use of Greyball, a software created to mislead local regulators in order to prevent them from enforcing taxi regulations.

The company's chief security officer Joe Sullivan has parted ways with the company following the announcement, the BBC reports. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case.

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