Uber Data Breach Covered up for Over a Year
Bloomberg dropped a bombshell from the largest ride-sharing company in the world. They were informed by Uber that Uber had been hacked over a year ago and kept it under wraps. They even paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet and delete the stolen info. Uber was required by law to report the breach as soon as it occurred and still failed to do so.
What Information Was Accessed?
The hackers had access to names, email addresses, and telephone numbers on 50 Million customers and 7 million drivers. They also had access to drivers license numbers for 600,000 customers, which is the worst part.
Uber claims that no Social Security numbers, credit card information, or trip location details were accessed. That is something I guess.
These hacks are becoming more and more common. And for a company to keep it under wraps, similar to the Equifax hack, is inexcusable.
It does sound like the new CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi who took over in September, seems to have been the driving force in coming forward with the information. This incident also lead to the chief security officer and one of his deputies being fired this week.
Hopefully Uber can change it’s ways and become a more upstanding company with new management in charge. I recommend reading the full article by Bloomberg it is an interesting read with a lot of great details on the whole ordeal.
Will this information stop you from using Uber in the future?