Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Delete Info, Stay Hush After 57 Million Users Exposed
After keeping it concealed for the past year, Uber just came clean about a data breach that took place in late 2016.
Today, the company admitted that two hackers outside of the company were able to access names, email addresses, phone numbers and other information of 57 million Uber users including the driver's license numbers of around 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshani recently took over the company in August and says he is just learning about the hack and has launched an investigation to find out why the company didn't alert anyone to the breach.
At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals. We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed. We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts
The Uber CEO also said that there is no excuse for their past mistakes but he claims that things will "be different moving forward."
While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes. Uber says there has been no evidence of fraud or misuse of the information that was exposed in the breach of data and they will be releasing a statement with more information soon.
Does this change how you feel about the service, or will you continue to use Uber?