UBER PAID HACKERS $100,000 TO HIDE BREACH OF 57 MILLON USERS A YEAR AGO
If you’ve been an Uber user for the last year or so, there’s a good chance that hackers may be in possession of your personal information. Did you know that? Uber allegedly knew.
USA Today (@usatoday) reports, hackers breached Uber’s security and obtained the personal information of 57 million Uber users in October of 2016. The company kept the security breach hidden from the public for over a year. According to a published report, Uber’s chief security officer was fired just this week. Bloomberg reported today (Tuesday Nobember 21st) that the stolen data included names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. The drivers’ stolen information includes 600,000 U.S drivers’ license numbers. Uber was legally obliged to report the breach to authorities, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and not say anything about it.
In a statement to its users, Uber said it did not believe they needed to take action. “We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident. We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.” The statement from Uber to its customers read.